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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany city commissioner stumbles upon an illegal dump site in East Albany.   Commissioner Jon Howard was walking his dog when he noticed household garbage in an area off Thornton Drive.  The farther he walked, the worse it got.     He wants it cleaned up, and he wants people who live in Albany to take more pride in their community.

Commissioner Jon Howard does not like litter, and he especially doesn't like it in East Albany, his ward, a place he's been working to clean up for years.

Jon Howard knew some litter existed at this site in East Albany, but he didn't know to what extent.  He said, "It certainly makes you feel completely disappointed because we do have rules and regulations and codes in the books."  Codes that are obviously being ignored.

He said, "It will give you a sour taste in your stomach when you see individuals in your ward have no respect, no community pride, just do things like this, just for the spite of it."

In the wooded area just off of Thornton Drive, we found tires, old TV's, which contain lead and mercury, as well as couches and other household appliances.  All trash that belongs at the dump, not dumped in the community.

Howard said, "Individuals just don't have pride, have that community pride anymore.  For someone to do something like this just despicable."  Now this illegal dump will have to be cleaned up by Albany public works, via taxpayer dollars.

Howard says he believes it will take several thousand dollars, at least, to get rid of all this trash.  A lot of the trash on the site appears to be dumped by contractors or landlords who've cleaned out properties.

If code enforcement is able to pin down the culprits, they'll be charged.     Commissioner Howard believes the trash is being dumped on the property at night or on weekends.    

If you've seen anyone dump trash there, you should call the city information hotline at 311.

If you see someone in the act, call the non-emergency police dispatch number.  That's 431-2132.

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