Letters of Encouragement for Assign-A-Roadside

We need your help in letting judges in Jefferson County know that we need their “buy in” to implement the Assign-A-Highway Program in Jefferson County.  Members of the Jefferson County Helth Action Partnership will be scheduling a meeting with Judge Vowell to present the program for a second time as an option for litter abatement in our community.  Jefferson County Land Development and Roads & Transportation Department have agreed to perform the logistics.
 
Read on for a request that Kellie Johnston, Cawaco RC&D sent to the Health Action Partnership members and a suggested Letter of Support template. We need letters from your agencies as well as friends, relatives, etc.
 
Please, use agency or company letterhead if possible.  Send them by August 25, 2008.  An E-mail attachment is fine. You might also want to consider a program like this in your community!



There is rarely an opportunity in which a little effort can produce major results.  This is a rare opportunity and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  By writing a letter of encouragement to Whom It May Concern to you can help implement the Assign-A-Highway program for Jefferson County.  Assign-A-Highway utilizes probationers who are assigned to pick up litter along certain sections of roads. The assignments are written into court documents as conditions of the probation. Probationers pick up litter as part of their punishment.
 
The real beauty of the Program is that it requires no direct supervision. A probationer can pick up the litter anytime, day or night, as long as it is cleaned prior to the twice monthly inspections by the litter officer. The litter officer merely drives by the assigned segment of road and notes if it is cleaned or not. If the section has not been cleaned, the officer notifies the Probation Office that the probationer needs to clean the road. The Probation Office then warns the probationer about responsibilities of the court order.
 
This program was developed and implemented in Virginia and is currently being utilized in Lauderdale County, Alabama!   See below for benefits and results achieved in Virginia Counties.
 
Jefferson County Judges are impressed by the program, but they need a little encouragement.  YOUR LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT WILL BE USED to show the Judges that a wide range of groups agree that this will be a good program.
 
Please mail your letter of encouragement to:                               By:  August 25, 2008
Barbara Newman
Jefferson County Dept of Public Health
1400 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35233
 
Or via email at:  Barbara.Newman@jcdh.org
 
 
For more information about the Assign-A-Highway Program, visit their website at:
 
http://linux.uppertnriver.org/assign/flash.html
 

BENEFITS
The benefit of the Assign-A-Highway Program is obvious: A county or city is able to keep its road litter free for a relatively low cost. Litter hurts tourism, discourages industry prospects from locating in an area, and says a lot about an obvious lack of respect for the environment and communities.
 
The Assign-A-Highway Program takes the numerous criminal defendants that are on probation in each county or city and assigns them a section of highway that is to be cleaned up every two weeks. This Program uses a previously untapped resource to help keep roadside litter picked up along primary and secondary roads. Thus, we help keep our counties and cites clean for a very small price to the local government.
 
Buchanan, Dickenson, & Russell counties have seen tremendous results from the successful implementation of the Assign-A-Highway Program.
 
Buchanan County
 
In 2004, Buchanan County had 85 probationers assigned to 170 miles of highway. This effort resulted in the cleanup of 146 tons of litter from the roadsides.
 
In 2005, the county had 247 probationers assigned to 494 miles of highway and they collected over 180 tons of litter.
 
Dickenson County
 
In July 2004, Dickenson County began the Program and had 92 probationers assigned to 184 miles of highway. This effort resulted in the cleanup of 90 tons of litter from the roadsides.
 
In 2005, the county had 101 probationers assigned to 202 miles of highway and they collected over 80 tons of litter.
 
Russell County
 
In July 2004, Russell County began the Program and had 88 probationers assigned to 176 miles of highway. This effort resulted in the cleanup of 14 tons of litter from the roadsides.
 
In 2005, the county had 102 probationers assigned to 204 miles of highway and they collected over 33 tons of litter.

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