County Executive Leopold Announces Weekend Inmate Roadside Litter Pick-Up Program
Annapolis, MD (June 22, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced a new roadside litter pick-up project utilizing inmates at the Ordnance Road Correctional Center.
Staff from the Department of Detention Facilities will transport four inmate work crews, consisting of a maximum of four inmates per crew, to various locations through out the County to pick up roadside litter beginning Saturday, June 23, 2007. The inmate work crews will perform this duty each consecutive weekend until further notice. This will be in addition to the services already being preformed during the week by inmate crews.
"Unsightly litter and illegal signage sprawled across our County roads and sidewalks is a nuisance and detracts from the quality of life," said County Executive Leopold. "Nuisance crimes can become a breeding ground of more serious crimes," Mr. Leopold added.
The crews will arrive on location at between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and be picked up between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. To the extent practicable, inmate crews will separate recyclables from trash during litter collection. In the event of inclement weekend weather, the inmates would be returned directly to the Ordnance Road Correctional Center.
The Bureau of Highways, which is under the County Department of Public Works, will provide reflective vests for roadside work, drinking water and supplies to support roadside litter collection. The Department of Detention Facilities will provide normal attire for the work crews and bagged lunch for each inmate.
In addition, two Ordnance Road Correctional Center inmates will be assigned to an Inspection and Permits inspector, to remove illegal signs attached to poles or placed in the ground within the right-of-way. The inmates will not attempt to remove illegal signs that are on trees or high up on electric poles. The Bureau of Highways will assist the Department of Inspections and Permits with the removal of the illegal signs.