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4-19-05 Littering, Citizenship and Code Enforcement

To many or most folks, littering is not only unsightly but is poor manners and poor citizenship.  Most of us would not litter around our home.  To me, driving through an area with a lot of roadside litter indicates a “lower class” area. 

AVOC

 

April 16, 2005

 

Littering, Citizenship and Code Enforcement

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

An article and program recently posted on the Community News Section of OglethorpeCountyNews.Com caught my eye.   It is about an anti-littering program, a pet project dear to my heart during my years as Chief Elected Official in Oconee County.  I, and others, have picked up much litter on New High Shoals Road in front of my residence over the years.  It increased tremendously with beer sales and fast food restaurants.

 

To many or most folks, littering is not only unsightly but is poor manners and poor citizenship.  Most of us would not litter around our home.  To me, driving through an area with a lot of roadside litter indicates a “lower class” area.  The four-lanes can be some of the worst and are dangerous for citizen pickups.   The GA DOT and state prisoners have done better with this problem in recent years.

 

We started using probationers with county employees as crew leaders in the early 90’s.  We had annual “Clean-Up Oconee Days” with media coverage and widespread participation around the county.    We used folks sentenced to community service and persons residing on weekends at the “Half-way” House in Athens.  

 

Leo Williams, Courthouse Custodian, who died in the early nineties, was our first crew leader.  We also used folks from the road department as crew leaders and two of the best were Charlie Browning, now deceased, and grandfather of Tyson Browning of GA Bulldog Fame, and Paul “Eyes” Barksdale, who I still occasionally see on the roads.  These were dedicated persons who not only led but helped to pick up trash themselves.  

 

Leo Williams

 

Recycling and the collection sites and discontinuing the open dumpster programs also helped with littering.  For a while, we had to watch for “dumping” along rural roads in the county. Our crew leaders and code enforcement folks like William White and Steve Hansford helped police that problem.  Trash bags and papers with names and addresses prompted some surprised citizens, even other counties, to get a letter from Oconee County Code Enforcement about the illegal status of littering.  This helped tremendously to “get the word around.”

 

When one rides along Oconee Roadways, one should note the lack of litter the contrast with some areas.  We should also remember that folks like Leo Williams, Charlie Browning and “Eyes” helped establish that program.  It just helps our county’s image- we look better! FOR INFO ON LEO-CHARLIE: http://avoc.info/info/article.php?article=1066&PHPSESSID=54dfdf662213fdaf72732d2fe0ed4bd6 

 

AVOC congratulates Oglethorpe County citizens for an excellent idea.  Photos and papers with names and addresses along with dates and locations should be forwarded to Code Enforcement in each respective county.  In most cases, if addressed to Code Enforcement, Courthouse, County Seat City, would work.


Oglethorpe County News Online

http://www.oglethorpecountynews.com/

 

April 14, 2005

 

Stop Littering     

 

Community News

 

Oglethorpe County Citizens can now upload photos of dump areas or heavy litter areas located in the county.

Oglethorpe County Forum members have been complaining for months about litter on State and County Highways.

Yesterday as I was traveling Sandy Cross Road, I decided that I was going to start taking photos of litter that I saw on our highways.

One particular area near Billy Stevens Road off Lexington-Carlton Road the garbage on the side of the road has been there for a least two weeks.

FIGHT BACK
 -Up Load Photos-  and list the location in the caption area where the illegal dumping is located.

When your photos and location has been added we will make contact with John Faz, Oglethorpe County Code Enforcement Officer and give him the locations.


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