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New camera fights illegal dumping

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a year of delays, Louisville city leaders say the cameras purchased to catch illegal dumping in the act will go up this week.

"I would like to say take it to your alley and your neighborhood and put it there and see how you would feel," said Mildred Mills regarding the trash being dumped in her neighborhood.

After 25 years of living near the corner of 30th and River Park, Mills has grown weary of unwanted guests leaving unwanted gifts in her neighborhood.  "We sit in the back of our house. We want to use it. We want our company to come but we can't because there's a toilet seat sitting here, beds and rails and nails," said Mills, "So bad you can't even drive. Even trees. they just bring everything and dump it right in the alley."

Tires and bedding could be found just a few feet away from her home, and much more could be spotted.  

The city invested $64,000 last year in a new camera system designed to catch illegal dumpers in the act, but the installation points of the cameras were few and far between.

Officials did manage to catch some people, but only with two cameras -- so the piles of trash being dumped have continued to pile up.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton tells us change comes this week, but she still confused as to why anyone would dump trash in a residential neighborhood.

"Why, the big question mark is why would anybody do this," said Hamilton.

She confirms five new cameras going up in district five, the Shawnee neighborhood.

"I think we came in the middle of technological changes. So there was improvements and now we have state of the art," said Hamilton, "They kept testing them. Some tried out in districts to see if they were working."

Others are going up in district 6, in the California community and district 15 around Iroquois and Churchill Downs

"We don't want people to know where they are...because then people won't dump there they'll go somewhere else," explained Hamilton.  

Mills is optimistic about the new camera installation , saying she doesn't need to see a camera to know there's a difference.

"I just think that will be great because we are getting older and we can't keep cleaning the alley," said Mills.

City officials are expected to host a press conference on the expanded surveillance systems on Friday.

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