Illegal tire dumping crackdown starts

By ALLEN MINCEY allen.mincey@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 4/20/17

The Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Codes Enforcement Office are partnering to fight illegal dumping of used tires in the city.

Codes Enforcement Supervisor Joel Prince said …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Illegal tire dumping crackdown starts

USED TIRES ARE BEING disposed of illegally in certain areas of Cleveland, and the city’s Codes Enforcement Office and Cleveland Police Department are cracking down on the crime. Both organizations are asking anyone who may see such illegal activity to contact them.
USED TIRES ARE BEING disposed of illegally in certain areas of Cleveland, and the city’s Codes Enforcement Office and Cleveland Police Department are cracking down on the crime. Both organizations are asking anyone who may see such illegal activity to contact them.
Photo courtesy Codes Enforcement Office
Posted

The Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Codes Enforcement Office are partnering to fight illegal dumping of used tires in the city.

Codes Enforcement Supervisor Joel Prince said Wednesday that this is becoming more of an issue than ever before, and presents more problems than just creating an eyesore in various locations of Cleveland.

“Basically we have had issues with illegal dumping, but especially with used tires,” Prince said. “We are working toward certain mechanisms to make things safer for the general public.

“These tires, obviously, burn easily so if there is a fire, they can present a hazard. Also, mosquitoes want to breed in them, not to mention that these tires are unsightly,” Prince said.

He said that in many cases, worn-out tires are dumped in vacant homes’ yards. Other dump sites are located in places the general public does not frequent, but the tires still present the same hazards as if they were in more heavily populated areas.

Prince said that the Codes Enforcement Office and CPD are trying to identify these illegal dumpers, and are asking the public to contact them if they see people discarding tires in unusual places to contact either agency.

“If residents see someone loaded down with tires that seems suspicious and heading toward a certain place, call us immediately and we will respond,” he said. In most cases, it will be the Cleveland Police Department that will respond as there are more patrol officers out on the streets than those in the Codes Enforcement Office.

Those illegally dumping tires can be charged with criminal littering (Tennessee Code Annotated 39-14-5). Prince said that he has spoken with Cleveland City Attorney John Kimball about strengthening that to include an ordinance within the city with charges that can be levied against anyone caught dumping these tires.

“We are really going to go after these people because we are getting a lot of complaints,” Prince said. “We are working with other cities and counties, because this is happening there also.”

Prince said that while the Codes Enforcement Office and Cleveland Police Department will sometimes come upon illegal dumping sites on their own, they both wish for the general public to help locate the illegal disposal areas.

“We just want people to be vigilant and let us know if they see anything unusual concerning truck hauling large amounts of tires, or are seeing these tires dumped, or are victims of having these tires dumped on their property,” Prince said.

He stated that anyone with any information may contact the Codes Enforcement Office at 423-473-3201 or the Cleveland Police Department at 423-476-7511.

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment

X

Print subscribers have FREE access to clevelandbanner.com by registering HERE

Non-subscribers have limited monthly access to local stories, but have options to subscribe to print, web or electronic editions by clicking HERE

We are sorry but you have reached the maximum number of free local stories for this month. If you have a website account here, please click HERE to log in for continued access.

If you are a print subscriber but do not have an account here, click HERE to create a website account to gain unlimited free access.

Non-subscribers may gain access by subscribing to any of our print or electronic subscriptions HERE