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Commissioners step up to help keep county clean

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 06:27 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- Budget constraints have the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority asking for help in paying an officer to enforce laws and ensure litter and debris gets cleaned up, and county commissioners are answering the call.
The Jefferson County Commission will pay for the salary of one officer for the rest of the year to enforce illegal dumping and litter control laws.
“We have way too many people that just don't respect the beauty of the county and find that it's OK behavior to throw things over the hill or into the neighbor’s yard,” Commissioner Dave Maple said.
For years, the county has not had the resources to enforce litter control laws and conduct illegal dumping investigations. Commissioners see it as a necessity.
“That doesn't show well for quality of life, for folks,” Maple said. “It doesn't show well for economic development. I don't think people appreciate how important it is to have a clean community if you want communities to grow and prosper."
The original agreement between commissioners and the Solid Waste Authority included the Solid Waste Authority paying for the vehicle and the officer.  But budget constraints have the county chipping in to pay for the officer.
“It's really been a resource issue for the county,” Maple said. “Now there's an identified vehicle and person that will go around and look for these illegal dumps and littering activities.”
Maple estimated that it will cost about $30,000 to fund that officer through the remainder of the year.

Commissioners step up to help keep county clean

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