Too Much Junk, Not Enough Action

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

Broken down cars, old tires and even piles of trash: That's the scene along the road in many rural parts of our region, but one man in Wayne County says he's fighting a losing battle, trying to get his neighbor to clean up a mess.

This piece of property filled with junk has been reported... but not much has happened. The state EPA inspected the property just off Upper Heath Creek Road in Wayne County two and half years ago. The owner was asked to clean the mess, but a neighbor says nothing's been done... and he says the state's dropping the ball on enforcing the law.

Rick Reynolds says quarter mile stretch of junk beside his home is destroying the value of his property. Aside from this being an eyesore, there's also a potential environmental hazard according to state law, having three unlicensed vehicles on property is against the law, Mr. Reynold's says he's counted 13 vehicles here.

Back in 2004, the EPA investigated the property on Grassy Lick Road, and stated in a report:

"The site would be classified as a salvage yard according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. We asked Mr. Adkins to start cleaning up some of the material on the property... he agreed."

That was two and half years ago. Reynold's says the junk keeps piling up... and state isn't helping out.

We called the West Virginia Division of Right of Way to ask if they plan to enforce the laws... but nobody returned our call.

As far as the man who owns the property in question... his wife says it's not a salvage yard, he does not have a license for a salvage yard and has no intention of making it a salvage yard.

She also says her husband plans to restore some of the broken down cars and remove other items soon. If that doesn't happen soon, Mr. Reynold's says he plans to take legal action.

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