Chapter 12.42


12.42.010    Purpose and Intent.

12.42.020    Definitions.

12.42.030    Volunteer Organization Eligibility Requirements.

12.42.040    Program Requirements.

12.42.050    Rights and Activities of Adjacent Landowners.

12.42.060    Severability.

12.42.010 Purpose and Intent.

It is the purpose and intent of the Pierce County Council to establish a Pierce County Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program to enable volunteer organizations to supplement county litter control efforts by allowing such volunteer organizations to adopt portions of county roads for the purpose of picking up litter along such roads. This partnership between the County and volunteer organizations is further intended to reduce roadside litter and build civic pride in attaining the goal of a litter free Pierce County. (Ord. 92-119S § 1 (part), 1992)

12.42.020 Definitions.

"Adopt-A-Road Agreement" means a contractual agreement between Pierce County and a volunteer organization that delineates the obligations and responsibilities of both parties.

"Department" means the Pierce County Department of Planning and Public Works.

"Director" means the Director of Planning and Public Works, or the director's designee.

"Solid Waste Division" means the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Planning and Public Works, or successor organization, responsible for solid waste management planning pursuant to Chapter 70.95 RCW.

"Volunteer organization" means any organization empowered by law to enter into contractual agreements which volunteers to participate in the Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 99-36S § 2 (part), 1999; Ord. 92-119S § 1 (part), 1992)

12.42.030 Volunteer Organization Eligibility Requirements.

A.    Any volunteer organization may apply to participate in the Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program. The Director shall determine eligibility. A volunteer organization shall not be eligible to participate in the Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program if the name of the volunteer organization:

1.    Endorses or opposes a particular candidate for public office;

2.    Advocates a position on a specific political issue, initiative, referendum, or piece of legislation; or

3.    Includes a reference to a political party.

B.    Any eligible volunteer organization wanting to participate in the Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program shall execute an Adopt-A-Road Agreement with Pierce County, which delineates the obligations, responsibilities, and terms and conditions governing both parties. The Adopt-A-Road Agreement shall be consistent with the requirements of PCC 12.42.040.

(Ord. 92-119S § 1 (part), 1992)

12.42.040 Program Requirements.

A.    In administering the Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program, the department shall:

1.    Provide a standardized application form, registration form, and contractual agreement for all volunteer groups. Such forms shall notify the prospective participants of the risks and responsibilities to be assumed by either the department and/or the volunteer groups;

2.    Require all volunteers to be at least 15 years of age;

3.    Require parental consent for all minors;

4.    Require at least one volunteer adult supervisor for every eight minors;

5.    Require one designated leader for each volunteer organization;

6.    Assign each volunteer organization a section of county road for a specified period of time;

7.    Recognize the efforts of a participating organization by erecting and maintaining signs with the organization's name on both ends of the organization's section of roadway;

8.    Provide on loan: two "Volunteer Litter Crew Ahead" signs for each volunteer organization; safety vests, and safety caps for each member of the volunteer organization. A refundable deposit for signs, vests and caps may be required by the department. All equipment issued to volunteer organizations by the Department must be returned to the Department after each use for reuse by other volunteer groups;

9.    Provide safety training for all volunteers;

10.    Pay appropriate insurance premiums or assessments required by Pierce County Finance Department for all volunteers participating in the program;

11.    Maintain records of all injuries and accidents that are reported by the volunteer organization to the department;

12.    Obtain permission from property owners who lease right-of-way from the County before allowing a volunteer organization to adopt a section of roadway on such leased property.

B.    If the Solid Waste Division refers a volunteer organization or individual to the Department pursuant to PCC 8.31.060 D., the following provisions apply:

1.    The Department may authorize the volunteer organization or individual to collect litter from along the roadside on a limited basis if the section of the road is not already included within the Adopt-a-Road Litter Control Program;

2.    The requirements of PCC 12.42.040 A.1. through 6. and 8. through 12. shall continue to apply to the volunteer organization or individual.

3.    The requirement of PCC 12.42.040 A.7. shall not apply.

4.    The Department and the Solid Waste Division will enter into a written agreement pursuant to PCC 8.31.050 A. to coordinate activity required by this Section.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 99-36S § 2 (part), 1999; Ord. 92-119S § 1 (part), 1992)

12.42.050 Rights and Activities of Adjacent Landowners.

Nothing in this Chapter affects the rights or activities of, or agreements with, adjacent landowners, including the use of rights of way and crossings, nor impairs these rights and uses by the placement of signs. (Ord. 92-119S § 1 (part), 1992)

12.42.060 Severability.

If any provision of this Chapter, or its application to any person or legal entity or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Chapter or the application of its provisions to other persons or legal entities or circumstances shall not be affected. (Ord. 92-119S § 1 (part), 1992)