Consumer Watch: Man wants tires removed from view of his property

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Posted on September 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 7 at 6:26 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - This Consumer Watch tonight takes us to Rubbertown where someone dumped some old rubber tires on someone else’s property. For months, a nearby neighbor has been trying to get them hauled away. Last week he called Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen and Andy answered.

Ed Greenwell knows the area near Kramers Lane very well; he’s lived in the same home for 45 years. 


So when someone dumped about 75 tires out in front of Ed's yard he went to work.

"I called 311 three times, I called the mayor’s office three times and I got no results. So, I called you up to see what's cooking," explained Greenwell.

WHAS11 dropped in on Ed for a firsthand look at the tires on Friday. Ed says he has “no idea” who dumped them. Greenwell says he noticed the tires while he was mowing the lawn in May. He usually walks down to check on them with his dog. "My dog knows when the train is coming," explained Greenwell.

Until we got involved, Ed says the rubber never hit the road. 

"No, they've been there about 3 months now and I've been trying to get them picked up and nobody wants to do it," contends Greenwell.

The mayor’s office tells WHAS11 in May Louisville Public Works was sent to clear the tires. In June an inspector determined the tires were on Illinois Central Railroad's property. Metro Government checked on them again in July and closed the request on August 4.

"They said it's on private property, which I presume belongs to the railroad track," assumed Greenwell.

The mayor’s office gave WHAS11 a number for I.C.R. and told Andy they called the railroad about the tires. But when Andy called Illinois Central they checked and found no evidence of a call from the city of Louisville. While Andy was meeting with Greenwell, a rail inspector drove by and documented the tires.

By Wednesday morning a dumpster was ordered, and I.C.R. assures WHAS11 that the tires will be gone by the end of the week. 

We also wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about a new consumer watch segment that you can see starting Monday in our new 4 p.m. newscast.  It's called “Put it to the Test". 

We're going to take As Seen on TV items that you see advertised all the time on infomercials; items like the “Easy Feet”, the “Bark Off”, and the “Robo Stir”. We'll grade the items and let you know whether they're worth your while

If you have a consumer problem you’d like Andy to look into, send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

 

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