Sheriff's Office passes litter grant audit

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Posted 10/24/17

 The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office received a good audit for its 2016-17 fiscal year Tennessee Department of Transportation Litter Grant.The results were delivered through a letter by …

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Sheriff's Office passes litter grant audit

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 The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office received a good audit for its 2016-17 fiscal year Tennessee Department of Transportation Litter Grant.

The results were delivered through a letter by TDOT Auditor Linda L. Ivey, after concluding her completion of review, which stated a “no finding report” was declared after reviewing numerous documents and expenditure reports related to the agency’s grant.

According to its website, TDOT began issuing litter grants in 1983 with the purpose of partnering with counties throughout the state of Tennessee to remove litter from roadways. Additionally, those who receive a litter grant are mandated to provide educational opportunities to the community to discourage the act of littering and promote recycling. Litter grants are available to all 95 counties incorporated within the state, and the amount of funding a county receives is determined by a formula based on population and road miles.

For the 2016-17 fiscal year, TDOT awarded a $55,000 litter grant to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office which produced the removal of 268,263 pounds of litter from 1,291.8 miles of roads within Bradley County and 13,169 pounds of that roadside debris was recycled.

The BCSO is crediting its litter prevention education for the substantial decrease in dumpsites. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, only one dump site was reported and cleaned, which is a great reduction to the 2015-16 fiscal year that produced 58 dump sites.

Environmental Officer Lt. Tim Mason currently oversees the litter crews responsible for collecting litter along Cleveland/Bradley County roadways, while also investigating and prosecuting environmental complaints. For the past two years, Administrative Assistant Melissa Harrison has been the Grant Manager for the litter grant who is tasked with ensuring the sheriff’s office maintains compliance with the grant’s rules and regulations, coordinates the budgeted funds, and generates and submits the monthly reports to TDOT.

Sheriff Eric Watson stated, “Keeping the community a sanitary place to live is everybody’s responsibility. Quite often unwanted items are thrown along roadways instead of proper disposal, and this practice leads to additional littering because litter is already around. While our agency will continue to concentrate on litter pick-up, we want to remind the community that litter prevention is the best method.

"Throughout the year events such as the Household Hazardous Waste Collection are hosted at the sheriff’s office to promote recycling and proper disposal, which allows the sheriff’s office to connect with Santek Waste Services and  Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful to ensure this community remains a magnificent place to live,” Watson added.

Residents are urged by the BCSO to report all environmental complaints by filling out an environmental complaint form that can be obtained either at their administrative offices located at 2290 Blythe Ave. S.E., or its website, www.bradleysheriff.com, and clicking the Employment/Forms tab.

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