ODOT District 7 Litter Agreement Provides Cleaner Highways
Through partnership with the Offices of the Montgomery County and Clark County Sheriff
SIDNEY- (Wednesday, April 23, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 7 is working with the Montgomery and Clark County Sheriffs to better serve Ohio tax payers and create a cleaner roadside environment. ODOT has entered into an agreement with these offices to have inmates provide litter collection along all Interstate, US and State routes that are maintained by ODOT throughout Montgomery and Clark Counties.
Supervised crews of six to ten inmates will be responsible for cleaning up the roadside litter on a year round schedule. The new agreements allow litter pick-ups to take place more frequently and could result in savings of more than $50,000 a year.
“This really is a win win.” said Montgomery County Manager Bob Lenser, “The trash is picked up more often at a lower cost, plus our crews are able to focus on pavement repairs and bridge maintenance.”
Lenser says motorists should see a noticeable difference in litter reduction in the coming months. Both sheriffs’ departments agree that this is a great program.
“We work every day to showcase our area as a great place to live, work and play. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When people pass through or stop in Montgomery or Clark County they will see the difference in our region.” said Sheriff Gene Kelly.
“This is a great partnership which will benefit the citizens of our community. Utilizing inmate work crews saves tax dollars and it enables the inmates to give back to the community.” said Sheriff Phil Plummer”
Drivers may have already seen inmate crews collecting trash along the roadsides. These crews are being monitored by a sheriff’s deputy. Motorists can expect to see more crews out keeping the roadways beautiful as the weather warms up.
“I think this is a great example of agencies working together; utilizing inmate crews for litter collection will allow our ODOT crews to focus on core highway maintenance functions.” said District 7 Deputy Director Randy Chevalley.
ODOT is currently working on a similar litter program with the Office of the Shelby County Sheriff.
For more information contact: Mandi Dillon, ODOT District 7 Public Information Officer, at 937-497-6820
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