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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Owner: Stop dumping trash on my property

  • The “donations” are getting to be ridiculous, according Bath property owner Dale Perkins.

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  • The “donations” are getting to be ridiculous, according Bath property owner Dale Perkins.
    Since October, Perkins’ land on the seasonal road off Nash Road in the Bonny Hill area of Bath has apparently become a handy drop-off place for other people’s stuff.
    “A full-sized couch on Culver Creek, and lots of paper products from McDonalds, Burger King and Arby’s,” Perkins said. “Maybe 200 tires, over the years.”
    And that’s just the beginning.
    On Nov. 29, Perkins discovered a full dump-truck’s worth of building refuse and garbage scattered across the road and his land.
    It’s bad enough to have to pick up sandwich wrappers, and junk, and tires, and haul them to the Steuben County landfill at Perkins' cost, but the building material was the junk that broke the camel’s back.
    Perkins said he spoke with state Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Ed Stull, who is investigating the matter.
    But while the official investigation is under way, Perkins has done some amateur sleuthing and discovered among the debris a receipt naming a tenant at a local housing complex. It also may tie a local contractor in with the unwanted deposits to Perkins' land, he said.
    “Minidumps” are a big problem across Steuben County, county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said.
    Spagnoletti said in some cases, the trash may be more difficult to see from the road, with individuals tossing tires down embankments.
    In other areas, such as spots on the back county roads in Canisteo and Hornellsville, garbage of all kinds is dropped off on the side of the road.
    “They’re like little minidumps, “ he said. “So we’ve decided to put a mobile work crew on it, even if it means we also have to use some of our equipment on it to help out.”
    Spagnoletti said the county holds a “Clean Up” Day for towns to haul garbage from their roadsides to the county landfill.
    Steuben will likely schedule the next clean up day in March and April to encourage more towns to participate, he said.
    Meanwhile, Perkins wants somebody to find out who dumped the refuse on his land.
    “Nobody’s willing to point the finger at anyone,” he said. “Dumping on local landowners is ridiculous.”
    Stull did not return The Leader’s calls.
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