GEORGETOWN, Del. - A pile of abandoned tires in Georgetown violates Sussex County trash code, and the county is working towards getting rid of it. After several years, the county recently became aware of its existence and violation.
Master Tire on Route 113 is empty, and the business owner left behind hundreds of tires. Technically however, the property owner is responsible for cleaning it up. The county says the previous tenant's whereabouts are unknown.
According to Sussex County Administrator Todd F. Lawson, the county is stepping in to help with the $20,000 mess.
"The property owner is not in a position to pay for that right now, so at the same time he's in violation," he explained. "We're all trying to come to the table and figure out how to make this work."
Since the tire pile also violates a code with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the county is working with the state to figure out a plan.
Not only does the pile violate county code, but it also is a safety hazard. The tires can cause a massive fire, or water buildup can bring rodents or mosquitos. "When you have a public safety issue or an environmental issue you can't ignore it," Lawson said. "So we're taking the proper steps to make sure that a situation like this tire pile is going to get cleaned up."
Pizza place Bella Capri is right across the street from the massive pile. Owner Vinceanzo Tiano said he has been seeing the pile on his way to work for many years.
"It needs to be cleaned, I mean it sits there for a long time and they don't do nothing, it's just bad," he explained. "We have a lot of tourists come this way and when they see a pile of things it's not really a good thing for the county and for the town."
So for now, the county is working to find a plan to help the property owner out, and get rid of the big rubber problem.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
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