Scrap Tire Dump in Whitfield County Causing Conerns

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Updated: 5/12/2014 11:51 pm
WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA0 (WDEF-TV) Piles and piles of tires sit at a home in Whitfield County causing neighbors to wonder when it will be cleaned up.

The tires have been there for more than a year, filling with water and becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The pile of tires frustrates neighbors but not because it's an eyesore, but because of the problems it's causing like neighbors not being able to go out and enjoy the outdoors.

Norman Barashick, who is the executive director of the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Management Authority, said this all because of a failed business venture.

"A resident was operating a tire collection business out of his home,” said Barashick.

Bill Boyle's purchased the wrong type of permit to do what he wanted to do.

"He had acquired the proper permit from the state to collect tires,” Barashick added.

But he was not to to store, sort, or sell tires.

Now this house Boyle used to call home is only home to abandoned tires, thousands of them.

"In about a six month period he was able to collected about seven thousand tires,” said Barashick.

Georgia EPA official, Jeff Cown, said they will clean up the mess, but they're still taking bids.

"Once we get those contractors in place, we will begin issuing purchase orders to clean up these prioritized scrap tire dumps in the state,” said Cown. "As soon as we can we'll get out there this one is on our priority list.”

There is money set aside for projects like these, but are often redirected.

In 2011, out the more than $6 million collected in tire fees, almost $5 million of it was redirected to other state needs and that makes neighbors and local officials frustrated.

"It's a slow and involved process, and state government wheels turn slower than local government wheels,” said Barashick.

Georgia EPA officials said they want to get this situation under control by June or July.

A neighbor we spoke to said he doesn't want to deal with another summer of being attacked by mosquitoes.

He added if nothing is done by June, he is considering contacting a lawyer about this situation.

Boyle's permit was revoked and he no longer stays at the house where the tires still remain.
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