Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


March 28, 2014

Litter control: Much work to be done in Mercer

— — We are pleased to see that Mercer County finally has a litter control officer. Gregory Reed, who served 17 years with the West Virginia State Police, started work earlier this week as the county’s new litter control officer.

Reed was chosen from among 37 applicants for the job, according to Mercer County Commission President Mike Vinciguerra. The position is being funded through the county’s hotel/motel tax.

Reed, who will work full-time as a litter control officer under the Mercer County Solid Waste Authority, was born and raised in Mercer County. Most of his career with the state police was performed in neighboring counties, including Greenbrier, Summers and Raleigh.

He is starting at a good time. Spring is finally here. And soon the region will be in full bloom. That’s why it is imperative that steps be taken now to get the county’s rampant litter problem under control.

Littering and illegal dumps have been a significant problem in Mercer County for several years now. And the litter problem has been particularly prevalent in certain communities and parts of the county.

Vinciguerra says the commission receives frequent complaints regarding illegal trash dumps in the county. This newspaper also receives regular letters, e-mails and Facebook postings regarding the county’s litter problem.

Reed says he saw the opening for a litter control officer and decided he could make a difference in the county’s littering and dumping problem. “It’s something I’m adamant about and I hope to make a difference in Mercer County,” Reed told the Daily Telegraph Tuesday.

As part of his new job, Reed will have the authority to write tickets and seek people who illegally dump their trash, but he hopes to work with the public.

Reed, who will also work with area law enforcement officials in addressing the litter problem, says cameras will be set up across problems areas in the region. He adds probationers with the Mercer Day Report Center also will continue to help picking up trash across the county.

We are glad to see Reed on the job. It is our hope that he can make a meaningful difference in cracking down on litter violators while also helping to beautify Mercer County.


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