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Friday, July 6, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Palmetto Pride presented the County Level Zero Tolerance Achievement Award to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in recognition of the agency’s efforts to enforce South Carolina laws and Lexington County ordinances concerning litter control and deputies’ efforts to educate citizens about the need to comply with laws and ordinances concerning litter control.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies conducted a comprehensive litter control enforcement effort in April that helped lead to the recognition that Palmetto Pride bestowed on the Sheriff’s Department.

In April, code enforcement officers, resident deputies and other deputies in partnership with citizens, civic groups and businesses removed a total of 99 tons of debris and trash from sites in Lexington County, Metts said. Deputies issued 34 citations to citizens, including eight citations for littering, four citations for illegal dumping and 10 citations for unlawful accumulation of debris. In addition, deputies issued 51 warnings for littering, illegal dumping, unsecured loads and other violations of South Carolina laws and Lexington County ordinances.

In April, deputies removed 109 signs that were illegally posted along roads in Lexington County, Metts said. Deputies provided 240 flyers to citizens in order to inform citizens about South Carolina laws and Lexington County ordinances concerning litter control. Officers also provided citizens with six signs that state it is illegal to dump trash or debris on their properties.

The litter control campaign in April included removing five tons of yard debris and trash from the Stratton Place subdivision near Irmo and removing 50 tires that had been dumped near a community garden and park on Meetze Road near Lexington, Metts said.

In April, deputies also removed more than four tons of trash and 470 tires that had been dumped off Zane Avenue at a creek that flows into the North Edisto River near Batesburg-Leesville as well as property off Laura Brodie Road, Metts said. In addition, deputies removed more than five tons of trash and 65 tires from Parkwood Mobile Home Park near West Columbia.

In April, inmate workers from the Lexington County Detention Center who are assigned to a litter control work crew removed more than 25 tons of trash and debris from sites across Lexington County, Metts said.

The litter control campaign reflects the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.

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