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Fairdale residents complain about trail of trash

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FAIRDALE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While the city has launched a crackdown on illegal dumping, residents in Fairdale, Ky. say their neighborhood continues to be used as a junk yard.

Residents who live in a mobile home community near Glengarry Drive say they are upset because their back yard has been turned into a trail of trash.

"It's gross, it's nasty, it's trash," said Chad Rypien.

That's how Rypien describes what he sees every day outside his community.

"When we look out our windows, we see trash, we see debris… we don't see prettiness or niceness," said Rypien.

Rypien says people have been ditching their debris off Glengarry Drive for at least the past two years.

"I've seen Christmas decorations, I have seen a boat back there, tires, as you can see behind me here is a couch," Rypien said as he looked upon the random debris.

The open lot alongside his community is covered with small trees and brush which helps to conceal the couches, mattresses, tables, tubes, construction materials and random trash that has been dumped along the road.

"It makes people that look in mobile home communities like this get looked down upon," Rypien said.

"We look like lesser people, just because we live in mobile home communities, other than, you know, big permanent houses."

Rypien says folks have come out after he contacted city officials, but it's a lengthy process they cannot keep up with.  Metro Council Spokesperson Tony Hyatt said Metro Councilwoman Vicki Welch is in charge of that area and has made efforts in the past to combat the problem.

"For the past two years, Metro Council has focused heavily on illegal dumping," said Hyatt.

"It's not only a problem in southwest Jefferson County, it's a problem near Churchill Downs… It's a problem in the West End and our inner city areas."

Hyatt said many people tended to dump their debris in areas close to drainage ditches or open wooded areas.  Rypien said officials have visited the property in the past, but as time goes by, the loads of litter keep popping up.

"With all this trash brings field mice, raccoons, possums," Rypien said.

He said he felt embarrassed when friends came to visit and witnessed the eye sores.

"What makes it even worse is that when the kids grow up, some kids have said 'we live in a junk yard, we live in a trashy community' and we really don't," Rypien said.

"We have a lot of people around here who work really hard to keep our yards looking nice."

Officials say it's a widespread issue they have tackled the past two years.  LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said in order to cite someone for the misdemeanor, they have to catch them in the act.

"The problem we run into is that when we clean up a spot, until we catch somebody in the act, they will run right out there and dump it again," Hyatt said.

Hyatt said it is difficult to change the attitude of someone who thinks it is okay to use someone's property as their trash disposal.

"What we have been trying to stress to people is that we will catch you…it may take us a while, but it will be costly when we do," Hyatt said.

Hyatt said hidden cameras have also been set up at other sites to catch the culprits.  Rypien said he hoped city officials would place a camera in his neck of the woods once they returned.

Hyatt said Councilwoman Vicki Welch has access to hidden cameras which could help solve the problem.

"It's well within her ability to put that in a hidden area and that generally curbs the problem," Hyatt said.

Rypien said he made a request for a hidden camera through the Fairdale Council and had not heard back.  Hyatt said Welch planned on going to the property later on in the week to take a look herself. 

Hyatt said taking a snapshot of someone in the act can also help to punish the perpetrators.  He said a photo of the vehicle and license plate is also usually needed.  Rypien said he simply wants to have a clean community.

"It needs to be cleaned up," said Rypien.

"I wouldn't do it to other people, I don't understand why they would do it to us."

Hyatt agreed that people should not have to deal with those kinds of issues, no matter what district they live in.

"No one wants trash in their yard, no one wants trash in a ditch by their house," said Hyatt.

"It's furniture, it's paperwork, it's garbage!  I am sure there have been things that have been found that are hazardous to your health… There have been meth lab problems all over the county."

There are legal ways to get rid of unwanted items such as furniture.  Some of those can even be donated.  For information on Metro Government junk pick up, click here.

For information on free donation pick-up, click here.  Some other organizations that can schedule a pick-up include

Cedar Lake Lodge and St. Vincent de Paul

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