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Delay in getting cameras up to catch illegal dumpers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---If you take a look at an alley off Parthenia Avenue in Louisville, you'll find trash, tires, and old furniture everywhere.

"Couches, mattresses," says Marquis Mosley, who lives nearby.

People who live nearby, say they see people illegally dumping here often.

"Swing sets and TV's. They didn't live nowhere over here," says Robert Carter.

Metro Council members have been trying to crack down.

A new ordinance went into effect in January that allows the city to impound vehicles, if caught dumping.

In late October, the city impounded this truck when police caught a man in the act.

At that time, Metro Council members told us it would take about a month to get 19 solar-powered cameras up in Louisville to catch illegal dumpers.

They currently have two prototypes up, but there's been a slight delay

"We found out that when we put it up and on days like today when it gets a little darker earlier, we needed a bigger solar battery on there, so we had to take the pixels down a little bit to accommodate a bigger battery," says Councilwoman Marianne Butler with District 15.

They are waiting to see if that's helped, so that they can move on with this project and their goal of stopping illegal dumping.

"Louisville is the first city to use a camera like this...all totally solar powered, able to move it around anywhere in the community and then prosecute off of these photos, so other cities are anxiously watching us to see how it works," says Councilwoman Butler.

Neighbors who live near places where people illegally dump say they are also anxiously watching, and hoping it clears up the problem.

 "Very frustrating because every time somebody rides past they automatically think bad neighborhood, so it's a bad look on the whole neighborhood," says Marquis Mosley.

You can also post photos online on the Solid Waste Management website of people illegally dumping.

City officials say one photo under investigation could soon lead to another vehicle being impounded under the new ordinance.

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