Brandon “Tank” Stevens takes pride in keeping the transfer station
presentable, and who notices? So he was tickled to get a little
appreciation from the state inspector when the station got a perfect score on a surprise visit.
By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Commissioner Allan Bradford recently brought to the Sentinel’s attention the
glad tidings that Dade County’s transfer station had pulled off a perfect score
on a surprise inspection by the state.
In evidence of
that achievement, Bradford presented to the Sentinel a Georgia Department of
Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division Compliance Checklist dated
Aug. 30. Listed precepts included, among others: “Dust, odors and similar
conditions resulting from transfer operations shall be controlled at all
times”; “Floors shall be kept clean and well drained”; and “Rodents, insects
and other such pests shall be controlled.”
item a checkmark proudly proclaimed Dade “in compliance.”
list, furthermore, a handwritten note from the inspector pronounced the
transfer station a “well-kept facility.”
Sentinel hastened to the transfer station and found in charge there scale house
operator Brandon “Tank” Stevens.
the Sentinel that good inspection scores were nothing new at the transfer
station, but recognition of same was a little rarer. “We’ve been up there
pretty high, but nobody’s praised us,” he said.
County Commissioner Allan Bradford wants to change all that. “He’s really quiet
and doesn’t say a whole lot, and I wanted to get him a little more
recognition,” he said.
The Sentinel is
happy to oblige:
says he is always called Tank – such was the epithet embroidered on his shirt –
has manned the scales at the station since the sudden death of his predecessor,
longtime county employee Benny Patton, shocked and saddened the county this
summer. Stevens has worked for Dade County for two and a half years. Previous
to his transfer – er, move – to the transfer station, he was in the roads
Stevens said he
and his two coworkers, Felton Rimas and Mike Wheeler, take pride in their work
and enjoy keeping the place presentable for visitors. “We try to make it look
good,” he said. “We know it’s a dump,
you know, a transfer station, but we don’t want it to look like one.”