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Metro Louisville impounds first vehicle caught in the act of illegal dumping

Friday October 26, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville – On Thursday night, Louisville Metro Police impounded the first vehicle involved in illegal dumping under a new city ordinance designed to crackdown on the practice.

Officer Jacob Martion of the LMPD Fourth Division was patrolling when he went down the alleyway in the 3500 block of Parthenia. He encountered an individual illegally dumping. The Officer enforced the new illegal dumping ordinance and impounded the vehicle used in the illegal activity.

The individual who used the vehicle lives in the neighborhood!

“The impoundment sends a strong message to those who are dumping that Metro is serious about stopping the illegal activity,” said Butler. “This is a quality of life issue for neighborhoods and an economic issue for our community as well because metro spending nearly $500K per year on illegal dumping.”

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. The ordinance reads that Metro Louisville will hold the vehicle for six months up to 12 months. The car will not be released until there is proof that all fines for illegal dumping, cleanup costs and tow lot fees have been paid.

This year, Butler led the effort to amend the city’s illegal dumping ordinance to include impoundment of vehicles if involved in illegal dumping. The Metro Council unanimously passed the changes which include the use of photos, eyewitness accounts and a wide range of enforcement officers who can cite and impound for illegal dumping.

Butler and other members of the Council are working closely with Metro Public Works to report more illegal dumping in Metro Louisville. To learn more go to: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/illegaldumping/

Sponsor:
Marianne Butler (D) 15