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Metro Council strengthens illegal dumping ordinance

Thursday August 23, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact:Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
              Stephen haag 574-1204/ 645-1752

Louisville – By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday passed an updated version of the Illegal Dumping Ordinance passed earlier this year.

The changes have strengthened Metro Government’s ability to impound vehicles involved in illegal dumping.

The changes are as follows:

· Metro Government shall impound a motor vehicle used in illegal dumping – the previous language was may impound

· A motor vehicle used for illegal dumping will be impounded for six months, rather than up to six months

· In additional to video surveillance, photographs or the metro official’s personal observation, officers can now accept sworn testimony by eyewitnesses.

· Vehicles impounded for the use of illegal dumping may be released to the appropriate owner or other person entitled to possession of the vehicle upon payment of all towing and impoundment fees incurred

“These changes strengthened the ability of Metro to impound vehicles used in illegal dumping and make it clearer to the Metro Officers what should occur when they come upon someone in the act of dumping illegally;” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “I thank the police and the County Attorney’s Office for working together to make the changes. Once all of the cameras are up and in use I do believe residents will see a decrease of illegal dumping in their neighborhood.”

Earlier this year, the Council approved the purchase of 19 new surveillance cameras to be used for monitoring problem areas of illegal dumping throughout the city.

“These changes will go a long way in catching those who try to turn our community into a garbage dump,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “My recent experience in catching illegal dumping should be a message to all who think they can just throw anything anywhere: we are going to catch you and punish you for it.”

Marianne Butler (D) 15
Bob Henderson (D) 14