Hundreds of tires dumped on Atlanta man's property - CBS46 News

City of Atlanta will clean up illegal tire dump

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Officials said they have a court order to tear down a vacant house and clean up an illegal tire dump in southwest Atlanta.

The man who owns the property, Tuan Le, told CBS46 News he had been working out of state and when he returned, he found hundreds of tires piled up on his property along Boulder Park Drive.

A spokesman for the mayor's office disagreed with that story. He said the city had cited the owner numerous times and finally got a court order to take over the property. 

Atlanta Councilman, C.T. Martin, visited the dumping ground Monday. Martin said he had called to complain about it to code enforcement in the past.

"Yeah, I'm embarrassed," said Martin. "The first one who has responsibility is the owner, because this is private property. That's why you have to get a warrant to come on somebody's property."

Martin estimated illegal tire dumps cost Atlanta $5 million per year.

The mayor's office said getting a court order to take over someone's property is a drastic step, but the owner was not cooperative.

"Oh yeah, it's an eyesore," said Ray Langston, who lives across the street. "You know, they need to show some results because I pay taxes."

Atlanta police said unless a neighbor sees someone dumping tires or catches them on camera, it is difficult to prosecute such cases.

The city said it is now working to find the money to hire a contractor to demolish the property. In the meantime, public works crews will clean up the tires and debris.

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