MCSO receives van for its inmate litter removal program

By Carolyn Parson

For the Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – The Monroe County Sheriff Office now has a van to help with its litter program.  Mississippi Department of Transportation assistant district maintenance engineer Matt Dunn delivered the 2005 Dodge Caravan to Sheriff Cecil Cantrell Thursday Dec. 20.
“I am so proud of this day, we really appreciate it,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell actually bought the van at an MDOT auction for $1. Because Monroe County participates in MDOT’s Inmate Litter Removal Partnership program, the MCSO was eligible to participate in the auction.
When vans reach a certain amount of mileage, counties who participate in the litter removal program can put in bids to purchase the vans.

CAROLYN PARSON/FOR THE MONROE JOURNALNEW VAN – Sheriff Cecil Cantrell accepts the title to a van for the sheriff department's inmate trash removal program from Mississippi Department of Transportation assistant district maintenance engineer, Matt Dunn, and north Mississippi litter program manager, Chris Green.

CAROLYN PARSON/FOR THE MONROE JOURNAL
NEW VAN – Sheriff Cecil Cantrell accepts the title to a van for the sheriff department’s inmate trash removal program from Mississippi Department of Transportation assistant district maintenance engineer, Matt Dunn, and north Mississippi litter program manager, Chris Green.

The MDOT Inmate Litter Removal Program offers participating counties’ sheriff’s departments assistance in keeping their counties free of litter.

MDOT furnishes trash bags, safety vests, gloves and advisory signs and also reimburses for travel expenses in transporting inmates. The program pays $10 an hour to the deputy transporting and supervising the pickup.
Chris Green, manager of north Mississippi’s litter program, was also on hand for the van presentation.
“There is definitely a difference in the districts that participate in the   program. We’ve seen leaps and bounds in litter removal in Monroe County”, Green said.
Expressing North Mississippi’s Transportation Commissioner’s sentiment, Dunn stated that Mike Tagert is “really pleased to see Monroe County receive this van.”
“This is what it’s all about, it helps the whole community,” Cantrell said.
The MCSO won the first-place Inmate Litter Removal Award in North Mississippi.
The MDOT team drove down from Tupelo.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.