New Program Cleans up Fireworks Trash, Saves Tax Dollars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/5/07

New Program Cleans up Fireworks Trash, Saves Tax Dollars

Fireworks stands are now closed but the July 4th celebrations left behind quite a mess across Lubbock County. However now, the county has a new program that is saving taxpayer money when it comes to cleaning up that mess.

Bursting in air and sparkling up the Fourth tradition leaves hours of clean-up behind on Lubbock County roads.

Kandi Leal, an employee at Advanced Electric Preferred Lighting Company says, "It needs to be picked up, but the people who light everything don't think about that. Somebody else has to pick it up later because they don't know I'm out here."

In this case that someone else is usually Alfred Leal an employee at Advanced Electric Preferred Lighting Company.

Leal says, "They do usually get 3 or 4 guys out here to clean it, thats how long it takes."

But not this year. Instead, an adult probation crew is picking up fireworks and debris for him.

"That's great," says Leal.

From fireworks to pop cans crews like will put in nearly 2,000 hours over a week's period cleaning up county roads. It's free labor and it's saving you tax dollars.

"If our road and bridge guys were out here today we'd spend about $4,400 picking up trash. Well that's not what they were hired for and good use of our tax dollars," says County Commissioner Patti Jones.

So this year, the county teamed up with the Lubbock-Crosby County Adult Probation Department. Thursday, a crew of over 30 people ordered to do community service in the county is picking up fireworks trash along Avenue P.

"Decide on where the hot areas need to focus on. They'll probably be out here picking up trash 10 to 12 hours today," says Farrell Martin, Assistant Director of the Lubbock-Crosby County Adult Probation Department.

Commissioner Jones says this is a proactive step towards keeping your tax dollars at work and keeping the roads and the county clean.

"These guys pick up trash otherwise we'd be shutting down our operation for our guys to pick up trash," adds Commissioner Jones.

Contact the Lubbock County Roads and Bridges Department if your county road is littered with fireworks debris or trash. That number is (806)775-1337.

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