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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Nineteen more surveillance cameras are being installed around Louisville to catch illegal dumpers in the act. That more than triples the current number of cameras in use.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release, "We want to stop people from turning neighborhoods into dump sites. These new, state-of-the-art cameras are a powerful tool to combat this problem. We will not tolerate any illegal dumping in Louisville -- and we have a message for dumpers. Smile, because we're watching you."
The new cameras are portable, and the places where they are installed will change at times so that illegal dumping can be targeted. Those locations will not be announced.
The cameras are solar-powered, high-resolution, and motion-activated, and can see well at night, when much dumping takes place. Vehicles used in illegal dumping can be impounded by police, and held from six months to a year. They will not be released until all fines for illegally dumping, cleanup, and tow lot fees are paid.
The cameras cost just over $60,000, and were paid for by Neighborhood Development Funds provided by nine Metro Council members -- Attica Scott (D-1), Mary Woolridge (D-3), David Tandy (D-4), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), David James (D- 6), Rick Blackwell(D-12), Marianne Butler, (D-15), Madonna Flood (D-24), and Brent Ackerson (D-26).
From Metro Public Works:
If citizens witness any illegal dumping, they can report it by dialing MetroCall 311 or by visiting www.louisvilleky.gov/illegaldumping. Forms are available there to report illegal dumping activity and identify illegal dumpers caught on camera as well as other information.