The in basket: Don Baker e-mailed Oct. 2 to say, “In the spring and summer the county jail sometimes take the good prisoners out to clean up the road sides of trash. I think this is a great idea to make some use of free labor and get the prisoners out for some fresh air and exercise.
“They did that over a month ago along Gold Creek Road from Mason County into Kitsap County to Lake Tahuyeh and down to Dewatto /Holly Road and the bags of trash they picked up are still laying along the road. Some have been broken open by animals and the trash is all spread around again.
“I would suggest that when they do this.” Don said, “that they put a trailer behind the van that takes the prisoners out and have them pick up the bags and throw them in the trailer on their way back and take the bags to the dump on their way back to the county jail. That would complete the project and make it look like some one was using their heads.”
The out basket: I forwarded his e-mail to Kitsap County Public Works, and before I heard back, Don e-mailed on Oct. 5 that the bags had been cleaned up. Whether the forwarded e-mail prompted the action or it just was handled in the course of events, I don’t know.
Dour Bear of Kitsap public works says, “The Sheriff’s Office runs that program with funding from the Clean Kitsap Program. Generally the inmates do the cleanup during the week and double back to pick up the bags on weekends. Bags are expected to be picked up within seven days. We’ve forwarded the information your reader provided to the Sheriff’s Department.”
I mistakenly sent Don’s e-mail to Mason County first, and, after straightening me out as to which county these roads are in, Mason’s Public Works Director Brian Matthews said, “Mason County also does this type of road cleanup on our county roads with corrections folks, but when we bag it, it gets taken to the dump the same day and disposed. Our sheriff’s office has a grant to pay the dumping fee.”