Trash Pick-Up Option To Pay Fines In Colbert County
COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) People in trouble with the law in Colbert County have a new option of paying off court-ordered debts.
Now, if people can’t afford the fine, they can now choose to pick up trash, instead.
With more than 600 miles of roadway in Colbert County, the commission chairman, Roger Creekmore says there’s plenty of litter lining the streets.
The Colbert County commission plans to partner with Colbert County District Judge, Chad Coker, to get help picking up this trash, in a roadside cleanup program.
“He had people coming into his court who didn`t have the ability to pay fines and he had several ask for some type of community service program so they could work their fines off,” said Creekmore.
People accused of misdemeanors will get the opportunity to volunteer to work off fines.
Judge Coker will assign a section of road and allocate a number of days the offender must complete.
Creekmore says this is a program proposed in the past, but only now, will be an option.
“They had done it through the circuit court system and those people could have been convicted felons and that was a sticking point, a point of concern with the judges and sheriff`s department,” explained Creekmore.
A crew from the solid waste department will monitor the streets and report back to the court, whether the work performed is enough to wipe away the person’s fine.
The Colbert County solid waste supervisor says he is ready for the first round of volunteers.
Judge Coker has been notified and leaders expect the program to be up and running within the next two weeks.