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Poulan ordered to clean up dumpsite

May 13, 2004

Worth County -- An illegal South Georgia dumpsite is ordered closed. The City of Poulan and its citizens had used the location for decades before the Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued its order. Some people living near the dump say the closing is long over due.

These are snap shots of an EPD ordered clean-up of an illegal dumpsite in Poulan that was in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

"Yes it smelled when it rained, because it was mucky down there," says Frankie Williams

Williams' house is across the street from the dump where for almost 30 years citizens and city workers dumped tree limbs, stumps and yard trimmings.

Citizens in this neighborhood say they complained for years to the city to clean up the dump, but city leaders say that's not so.

"To my knowledge, nobody has ever complained about the land fill. It is something that they have always done for years and years. And all of a sudden, we get a letter from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources that they had received a complaint, and we are in violation," says Jerri Merritt Deputy Clerk in Poulan.

An investigation by DNR found the city in violation of open dumping laws and ordered Poulan officials to clean up the area quickly or face a hefty fine.

"We called the Worth County Board of Commissioners and spoke with Dan Miller and asked for the assistance," says Merritt.

Assistance to move the more than 216 tons of debris out of the neighborhood.

Now that city has been ordered to clean up its junk it will start to order citizen to do the same targeting everything from abandon car to dilapidated housed.

The city says it plans to use a newly trained police officer to strongly enforce codes on abandoned car and blighted property. They are hoping to share the lessons and spread the word among citizens.

City officials says the clean up took about a day and cost the city over $2,000.

posted at 5:48PM by scott.hunter@walb.com