Chesterfield County’s magistrates have taken an initiative to help with the county’s litter problem.
The Road-Side Clean-Up Program, approved Feb. 5 by Chesterfield County Council members, will give officers the authority to track down and ticket anyone whose name is found in a bag or pile of trash by the road.
According to Chesterfield County Administrator Denise Douglass, “when a person’s name is found in a trash bag (or) trash pile, they are ticketed and then go to court.”
Those found guilty will be sentenced to “community service in the form of litter pick-up,” said Douglass.
“If you’re trashing this county, you need to held accountable,” said Chesterfield County Councilman Curtis Douglas.
Douglass submitted a series of photographs to council members showing the difference this program has already made along Baskins Road in Chesterfield. The earliest photographs show a roadside that is virtually indistinguishable from an actual dump site. And, of course, after community service work was completed the roadside is seen as it should be — free of litter and trash.
Litter Control will be in charge of enforcing, scheduling and monitoring those assigned to community service pick-up, said Douglass. A staff member will be assigned to monitor the community service workers while they are on the job.
Douglass said the magistrates are so pleased with the success of this program already, they are “looking at adding other offenders” to the community service pick-up list.
Several county residents from a neighborhood off Midway Road in Cheraw took advantage of the public comment session of the County Council meeting this month to talk about how badly their neighborhood streets need paving. The muddy conditions, winter and summer, they said, made it difficult for children to walk to the bus stop. There’s just too much mud, they said.
One resident said the road conditions have gotten so bad in the 15 years the neighborhood has been established that even scraping is no longer effective.
Another resident said her mailbox, which sits in a curve, has been repeatedly taken out by sliding vehicles.
Although council listened to their complaints and frustrations, Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers advised them to seek assistance from the Chesterfield County Transportation Committee which meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
Chesterfield County Councilwoman Lenora Powe is the chairperson for the road committee. As the road issue was not part of the day’s agenda, Powe announced she would answer more questions on the paving issue after the meeting.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.