Thursday March 14, 2013
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Louisville – Following up on a complaint from the public, Louisville Metro Police impounded a Chevy dump truck involved in illegal dumping of shingles and roofing materials on Manslick Road in Fairdale Wednesday afternoon.
In 2012, the Metro Council amended the illegal dumping ordinance to allow law enforcement the power to impound vehicles illegally dumping in Metro Louisville.
“I applaud the quick work of the officer who answered this call about illegal dumping,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “I am also glad to see the public is getting involved in stopping people who believe they can use our streets, alleys, vacant fields and roadways as their own personal dumping ground.”
Dispatch received a call Wednesday afternoon about illegal dumping at 9118 West Manslick Road in the Fairdale area. Upon arriving at the site, a truck belonging to Elkins & Sons of Louisville was found stuck in the mud loaded with roofing shingles and other materials. Shingles were spread around the area. The driver, Charles K. Lyle, an employee of the company, returned with a tow truck and at that point officers impounded the 1999 Chevrolet 3500HD Dump Truck.
“With lots of open areas in District 13, dumping has been a problem for years,” said Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “This impoundment law is indicative that we now have zero tolerance for dumping. I am very pleased that this person was caught and should prove to others that you will pay if you dump illegally!”
(Quote from Public Works)
The Illegal Dumping ordinance reads that Metro Louisville will hold the vehicle for six months up to 12 months. The truck will not be released until there is proof that all fines for illegal dumping, cleanup costs and tow lot fees have been paid. Fines can range from $250 to $5000 and clean up fees are a minimum of $250.
The towing fee charged by LMPD is $112. There is also a $13 administrative cost. The Impound Lot charges $13 a day for storage. The initial first day cost will be $138.
“Illegal dumping is a crime and those caught will pay for breaking the law,” says Butler. “With the public’s help, we will continue our efforts.”
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13