KIPPENS — Like other communities having problems with indiscriminate dumping, the Town of Kippens is now considering installing cameras in locations where this is happening.
Gerry Flynn, Kippens chief administrative officer and town clerk, said the latest incident took place on Gaudon’s Lane, up past where people are living and near where the old dump was located.
The town hasn’t had a dump in a number of years and the latest incident involves someone dropping off debris from a deck that was torn down and throwing it over an embankment, making it difficult to remove.
Flynn is dismayed by what he called a blatant disregard of the town’s regulations. He said the person responsible should have taken the debris to the regional dump in St. George’s. He said if the culprit was identified, the town could charge that person upwards of $500 to have it removed.
The difficulty with this particular incident is that it has been thrown over the embankment into a ditch and will require a backhoe and a dump truck to remove it. This is equipment the town doesn’t have, so the town will have to hire a contractor to remove it.
Flynn estimates it was either two pickup loads or brought there in a larger truck or a combination of a pickup and tow-behind trailer.
He said because of its location and the fact there are nails protruding from the boards, it just wouldn’t be safe to get workers to remove it manually.
While this latest incident is the most bothersome for the town, a drive up the nearby transmission line reveals others have been dumping garbage as well, including freezers, moose hides and tree branches.
Flynn is asking anyone who might have noticed a truck headed in Gaudon’s Lane sometime last week with a load of wood that appeared to be an old deck, to contact the town office in Kippens at 643-5821. A resident reported the debris on the weekend.
He said the person or persons who are responsible are not displaying any civic pride.
“It wasn’t our town’s decision to shut down our dump, that’s part of a much bigger program the provincial government is working on.
“If these people think they are getting back at someone for taking away the dump by dumping indiscriminately, they’re actually just hurting the town, who has to foot the bill for the cleanup,” Flynn said.