By Jim Wallace - bio | email
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany tire business owner is cited by Code Enforcement for illegally dumping thousands of tires just feet from one of the busiest streets in the city.
Albany Code Enforcement officers called in the State Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency when they found an estimated 10,000 used tires in the dilapidated Pritchett Ford building.
City officers cited Baumgartel Tires and Brakes owner Bill Baumgartel for not properly disposing of the tires.
They say it's a significant health hazard.
Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said "there are issues of getting rid of them. There are issues of mosquitoes, if there is water in them. It's a real problem for us."
Smith says the business has 30-days to provide a plan to get rid of the tires or be called to court.
Baumgartel told us he's been working with state officials for more than a year to try to get a grant to remove the tires.
He says he'll remove the tires as soon as he can.
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