Neighbors Speak Out Against Dump Site

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The presence of a temporary dumping ground in Charleston has neighbors in one community down in the dumps.

"The last thing we need right here in the middle of the city is a trash dump," Bob Vanderslice said.

Crews have been hauling piles of dirt to an empty lot on Milton Street for the past few days.

The lot is being leased by West Virginia American Water to store materials from their work sites.

Spokesperson Laura Jordan says it's a convenient place to keep trash until a contractor can pick it up and haul it to its permanent resting place -- a landfill in Sissonville.

But neighbors like Vanderslice say the mess is too much for their backyard.

"It's definitely noisy ... you're going to have trucks coming in and out at all hours," he said. "This alleyway is already small enough."

Jordan says the company is operating with full permission from the city. She says the lot is fenced in and only accessible by employees.

The dump site used to be on Pennsylvania Avenue but was moved in order to clear that land for evaluations.

Jordan says it's not clear how long the new site along Milton Avenue will be in use.

Vanderslice says it's not the kind of business he'd like to see in the neighborhood.

"People are going to start moving out now," he said. "Once they start bringing in trash ... people don't want to live around trash."

City planners say they recently installed rocks around the site to keep mud and runoff from escaping into the street.

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