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County officials tour illegal dump site

November 4, 2003

Dougherty Co. --Help is on the way for an East Albany family under attack from mosquitoes. Kimberly Goodman called News 10 last week to complain about nearly 1,500 tires dumped next to her house on Harris Road, because they are a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

She apparently complained for months, but no one would do anything about it. Tuesday county inspectors went to the property and left not only with an idea of what to do, but with quite a few mosquitoes bites,too.

It did not take long to find mosquito larva in the hundreds of tires dumped on this on Harris Road. Code Enforcement officer Robert Carter said "It's a breeding ground for mosquitoes, rodents, snakes. Anything will seek cover there to breed. We definitely want to get it resolved."

Mosquitoes were everywhere, biting the county officials as they walked around Barbara Turner's property. Donnie and Kimberly Goodman live next door, and they have been trying for years to get someone to clean up the dumped tires. Goodman said"I was thinking no one was concerned with the problem we were having with mosquitoes. I feel very good they're out here this morning."

New Chief Code Enforcement Officer Robert Carter said he will start immediately to get clean up underway. It may be too late to find out who dumped the tires here. "Appears to be an old pile. Probably been here many years. Too late to find out who actually dumped them here."

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles will call the Environmental Protection Division, requesting a grant to pay for the clean up. Bowles said "This is a terrible sight. And it's a health hazard for the citizens who live here."

Carter said he thinks the clean up should be complete in less than two months. Kimberly Goodman says she is watching. "I'll believe it when I see them actually getting down the road."

The property owner, Barbara Turner, says she had nothing to do with the tires dumped there. The fine for having an illegal solid waste dump can be up to 25 thousand dollars per day.

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