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Councilwoman Butler Introduces Legislation to Combat Illegal Dumping

Tuesday January 10, 2012

For Immeidate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Those caught illegally dumping in Metro Louisville may soon find themselves facing a new penalty along with fines: the impounding of the vehicle used in illegal dumping.

In an effort to catch these individuals who have made illegal dumping their new stream of business, Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) partnered with Louisville Metro Solid Waste and Louisville Metro Police to add a new provision to the illegal dumping ordinance.

“Illegal dumping is an issue throughout Metro Louisville, especially in the urban area with alleyways,” says Butler. “If anyone is caught illegally dumping after passage of this new section, Metro Louisville has the ability to impound the vehicle used in the act of illegally dumping.”

In the alleyways that have the worst dumping, solar operated cameras were placed to catch individuals on film. The Fourth Division beat officers have also made a concentrated effort to ride the alleyways more frequently.

While efforts slowed the frequency of dumping, perpetrators only faced a fine. With the new legislation, individuals choosing to illegally dump within Metro Louisville will not only face a fine but may have the vehicle used to transport the illegally dumped debris impounded for up to twelve months.

“After passage, illegally dumping in Metro Louisville will be a very expensive activity,” said Councilwoman Butler. “The hope is that people will use the appropriate places to discard their unwanted items.”

The legislation allows for LMPD Officers, Code Enforcement Officers and any other city officials authorized to enforce any provision of the Louisville Metro Code the ability to enforce the new section of the Code. Prior to releasing any vehicle that has been impounded, all outstanding citations, towing, handling and storage charges shall be paid in full.

Councilmembers who have signed on to the legislation include Council President Jim King (D-10), Councilman David James (D-6), Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14), Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).

The legislation had first reading January 9, 2012 and was sent to the Transportation, Bridges and Public Works Committee.

Sponsor:
Marianne Butler (D) 15