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How can we get ‘no dumping allowed’ signs in our area?

Lydia Coutre
StarNews
A large pile of cigarette butts lies along Oleander Drive at College road in this photo from March 25, 2005. StarNews file photo.

A large pile of cigarette butts lies along Oleander Drive at College road in this photo from March 25, 2005. StarNews file photo.

Q. I own a home on Grathwol Drive. How can we get signs in the area of Grathwol and Noland that the area is a Smith Creek watershed and no dumping is allowed?

A. If the property is in a community with a homeowner’s association, the association can be contacted about purchasing or installing “no dumping” signs, but New Hanover County doesn’t have a system in place to distribute such signs.

“We don’t currently have a program in place to issue signage,” said Joe Suleyman, the county’s environmental management director.

If there’s active dumping at this site, who takes care of it would depend on the type of dumping, Suleyman said.

If someone’s dumping in a waterway or anything that leads to a waterway, county engineering would get involved.

It’s the Department of Transportation’s responsibility to deal with dumping in a public right of way.

If someone is dumping on their own property, that’s a code enforcement issue.

The sheriff would handle someone dumping on someone else’s property.

If dumping is occurring, Suleyman said he would set up a site visit to determine if it is public or private dumping and which agency would need to handle the issue.

Suleyman can be reached at 910-798-4403.

Suleyman visited the site at the 90-degree turn where Grathwol Drive turns into Noland Drive. He didn’t find garbage, but said some people are using the heavily vegetated area to dump their yard debris.

If there were a public health or safety risk, Suleyman said, county officials would “certainly follow up with action.”

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