FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Wednesday night people who live near the field where a body was dumped and set on fire talked openly about how they’ve been complaining about the dangers there for years.
The remote area around Cravens Road has become a notorious, illegal dumping site that the city of Fort Worth is trying to clean up. “They’re always dumping tires and trash in broad daylight,” said Cleveland Harris, with the Carver Heights Neighborhood Association.
Members of several neighborhood associations say they’re not surprised a body was dumped and set on fire in the field. It has been an eyesore and one of the spots along a stretch of Cravens Road where dumping continues despite numerous complaints to the city. That particular field is owned by an energy company.
“We live here, we come through here every day,” said Melinda Hamilton, head of the East Fort Worth Neighborhood Coalition as she pointed to two broken shelves amid a pile of wood and glass. “Especially our Code Blue patrol, we come here all the time and this is what we see.”
Fort Worth Code Compliance said they actually cited the owner of the property where the body was found earlier in the year and the company cleaned up a bunch of tires back in February. But since then, the dumping has continued. The city says its as frustrated as the neighbors because the more they crack down the more these little micro dumps pop up.
Code enforcement teams have cut the amount of illegal dumping in half since 2007. And from 2003 to 2014 the annual amount of illegal garbage picked up has gone from 12,000 tons to just under 3,000 tons. Now, rather than risk being caught dumping in large illegal dump sites, lawbreakers scatter the dumps in smaller, remote sites on private property like this. The city has to discover the site, cite the land owner and wait for them to clean it up. Neighbors have a faster solution.
“We want some dump trucks in here!” Hamilton exclaimed with a laugh. “Just come in here and bulldoze all of it!”
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