Business Owner Upset About Illegal Dumping On His Property

By Maureen Kyle

(LOUISVILLE, July 1st, 2004, 6 p.m.) -- The signs in one Louisville neighborhood say "No Dumping" -- but no seems to be paying any attention to it. The trash keeps piling up at Marrett and Preston streets in Shelby Park. On Thursday, the city took steps to get rid of the eyesore. WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle reports.

Another man's trash is not Keith Harpring's treasure, but every day he deals with mounds of trash. "It's a bad cancer here that isn't going to cease."

Old furniture, hardware, insulation, even old toys pile up outside Harpring Sheet Metal & Roofing company on Marrett Ave almost daily. An empty lot next to the family business has become an illegal dumping ground.

Harpring says "it gets cleaned up and it starts right over. It could be the very next day."

People continue to dump trash there despite the warning signs that hang just overhead.

The catch 22 of it all is that most of the junk is on Harpring's property. So if he calls police to report the dumped trash, he is the one who gets fined.

Keith Hackett with Metro Waste Management says they're usually understanding about these situations.

"We know that people don't just call and are that upset for no reason. You know, it wouldn't make any sense for them to dump on their own property."

Right after our interview, Hackett sent crews to the problem area -- again. There was at least a trailer load that had been dumped since crews cleaned up the lot a day earlier. At least one citation was issued for illegal dumping.

Hackett promised to clean the lot next to Harpring's sheet metal by Friday. But the true test will be whether more piles of junk reappear.

Neighbors say the dumping happens under the cover of darkness.

The Metro Waste Department says it's going to place surveillance cameras up in the alley to try to find out who is trashing the area.

Online Reporter: Maureen Kyle

Online Producer: Michael Dever