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Tires causing problems in Hubbard Township



Published: Tue, February 19, 2013 @ 12:03 a.m.

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Officer William Greene of the Hubbard Township Police Department shows a tire that was recovered from a rural township road. The police have seen an influx of old tires being illegally dumped on rural roads.

By Danny Restivo

drestivo@vindy.com

Hubbard

Township officials believe a commercial company is behind an influx of tire dumpings throughout the township.

Police Chief Todd Coonce said police are investigating several incidents of dumping in the township.

The most recent occurred Feb. 5 when police found six tires dumped near Campbell Wick Road. Six days earlier, police found 41 tires littered alongside Mount Everett Road.

Coonce believes a trucking company charged with picking up old tires from automotive repair shops is responsible for the dumping. He said it would be unusual for a large number of tires to originate from a single vehicle.

“They are obviously coming from a shop somewhere if its this number of tires,” said Coonce.

Coonce said anyone caught dumping tires will be charged with open dumping, a felony.

He said police are asking mechanics at automotive repair shops for names of businesses responsible for tire collections.

Trustee Fred Hanley said he’s lived in the community his whole life and has never seen anything like this.

He said the township has always had a problem with waste disposal because of its rural location, but the problem has spiraled out of control recently.

Hanley said the tire issue is now costing the tax payers money.

“We have to pay for disposal every time someone dumps the tires,” he said. “It’s not fair to the citizens, and we can’t keep dumping these tires ourself.”

Hanley said tires are also thrown in abandoned lots and vacant houses. He said it costs the township manpower to dispose of the tires before they can demolish the buildings.

Coonce and Hanley are asking residents to record license plates of trucks seen carrying tires. Both men said anyone seen dumping tires should be reported immediately to police.

Hanley said the township currently has a $4,000 grant from the Trumbull County Solid Waste Management District to help dispose of the tires from resident vehicles. He said if people keep dumping tires illegally, the township will have to ask for more money or reallocate other funds in the township. He said it’s a black eye on the area.

“We can’t let people get away with dumping brine water in our rivers, and we can’t let them get away with dumping tires in our community,” he said.


Comments

1maxborenstein(27 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The only way I see this being reduced would be for the state to license and tax every tire-changing machine in the state. Every tire-changing machine can be considered to be a "waste generator." The registry thus created could be used for investigations. Every tire is/can be serial numbered, and the "changer" of all tires be required to record the tire serial numbers changed at every tire-changing machine. To do sting operations, investigators could take vehicles with "marked" tires to be changed at the various shops, and then see where the used tires end up. Grinding the serial numbers off of the tires to be made a felony.

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2maxborenstein(27 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

In lieu of the above, a $10 or so disposal deposit can be applied to the cost of every new tire. The revenues generated can be used to provide "free" disposal of all used tires at public locations similar to current recycling locations.

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3gpyemm(11 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

So more taxes and fees on the working class is the solution? I disagree. We have a system in place right now. Police investigate, locate and arrest. The courts convict and the lawbreakers pay for the mess. NOT ME!!

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