Sheriff’s Department preparing for recycling program

A resolution approving a working agreement between the county’s recycling department and the sheriff’s Clean Team is expected to be approved by the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Monday, and the sheriff’s department is ready to go to work.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Greg Bolin, administrator of the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, described the resolution as “a good thing for the county and for the sheriff”s department.”

Bolin said the department will use females to perform the work at the recycling center.

“We’ve got a number of women on the Clean Team and there has just not been a lot they could do,” Bolin said. “We’ve used them some in the laundry and the kitchen but this agreement will give them some more work to do.”

Under the agreement, the recycling department will pay the sheriff’s office $2,000 per month, plus 15 percent of the net revenue received from the sale of the recycled products.

“There’s a lot of stuff that is not machine-sortable like separating paper and cardboard and plastic,” Bolin said. “That requires hands-on labor and we’ve got the labor.”

The women who will be doing the work are not prisoners, but rather people working off fines from district court.

“With the economy the way it is, a lot of people chose to work off their fines rather than pay them,” Bolin said. “This is a new venture for us and we’re going to run it for a few days and see how it works and if we need to provide more people to do the work.”

According to the resolution, the Clean Team will work at the recycling center up to five days a week.

“There’s a building out there so the weather is not going to be a factor,” Bolin said. “This is going to mean more money to operate the jail and it’s a good thing for the county, too.”

Also Monday, the county’s legislative body is expected to approve an appropriation ordinance that will transfer $4,444.20 from the County Buildings account to the County Judge’s account to pay employees additional compensation for taking on more duties.

County Judge Dutch King has eliminated the position of County Buildings Office Manager and the reorganization is expected to save the county $24,484.16 in salary and fringe benefits.

The housekeeping supervisor will assume direct management of the housekeeping staff and clerical duties. The executive secretary in King’s office will be responsible for taking calls for maintenance service and repairs and the accounts manager/access control manager will manage the time and activity reports of the county buildings staff.

A resolution reappointing two members to the Economic Development Corp., of Jefferson County is also expected to be approved.

George A. Makris Jr., and Scott McGeorge will serve five-year terms on the board, which administers the proceeds from the three-eighths cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2011 for economic development. Those terms will end May 8, 2018.

The Quorum Court meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Quorum Courtroom.