Supervised prisoners jailed at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA for relatively minor crimes served some of their time last month (Sept. 2008) in Lower Pottsgrove, working with the township Public Works Department over four days to clear trails at Ringing Rocks Park and along the banks of Doe Run.
That and other facts were included in a monthly report on department activities, distributed Monday (Oct. 6, 2008) during the township Board of Commissioners‘ meeting. Public Works employees also assisted a contractor with road paving, dug out a new parking area, and did plenty of end-of-summer mowing, the report said.
The jail Community Work Program takes four-to-eight-man crews of prisoners and regularly keeps them busy working in the county’s townships. Prisoners chosen for the program are considered to be minimum-security risks, and are thoroughly supervised by qualified guards. The program productively occupies prisoners while helping townships save money on additional laborers.
The state prison system conducts a similar program. Its Graterford State Prison crews, wearing bright orange jump suits, can often be seen picking up trash and debris on the shoulders and median on U.S. Route 422.
In both cases taxpayers, who in part foot the bill for incarceration, are the winners.
Also during September, the department:
- Worked over four days with Reid Paving Contractors of Gilbertsville PA to prepare and re-pave Brooke and Clearview Roads. It later spread millings ground from the roadbeds onto North Schaffer Road. Several potholes were filled as well.
- Cut back weeds at road intersections, giving township drivers a clearer view around corners; cut the grass weekly at township parks, and spent five days with a boom mower cutting shoulder weeds and grass along the township’s roadways. What couldn’t be mowed was controlled with vegetation spraying, the report said.
- Aerated and re-seeded athletic fields during three days at Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road, and finished excavating a parking area for the disabled at Sanatoga Park on South Park Road.
- Cleaned storm drains of debris, and fixed township equipment.
Related (from the Oct. 6, 2008, Lower Pottsgrove Commissioners’ meeting):