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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Illegal dumping in Helena

  • A reader alerted The Helena World this week of the potential illegal dumping of solid waste on North 12th Street in Helena-West Helena. Upon arrival at the scene, The World reporter discovered approximately an acre of scattered debris from the demolition of part of the Crown Inn and Suites. Debris included bricks, wood, telep...
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  • A reader alerted The Helena World this week of the potential illegal dumping of solid waste on North 12th Street in Helena-West Helena. Upon arrival at the scene, The World reporter discovered approximately an acre of scattered debris from the demolition of part of the Crown Inn and Suites. Debris included bricks, wood, telephones, wire, and other unidentifiable waste that was being pushed into a ravine in a residential area of the community.
    The Helena World then drove over to the Crown Inn and Suites demolition site and found a dump truck fully loaded with building debris. After following the dump truck to a second dump site on Sharon Street, the landowner of the private solid waste landfill asked the reporter to leave, as the landfill "is on private property."
    After locating the two previously unknown dump sites, Helena-West Helena Code Enforcement Officer Tekelia Martin was notified. She related that she was aware of the demolition of the building but was not aware of where the debris was being dumped. She immediately began looking into the matter and contacted the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and solid waste. She told the Helena World that the dumping on 12th Street may very well come to a halt as ADEQ is currently investigating the incident.
    Martin noted that, "If you dump debris without a permit, you will be fined." She continues, "The code enforcement in the past has been very lenient but I am working on making it more strict."
    After relaying to her that the news lead on the potential illegal dumping site came to The Helena World via Facebook, she replied, "It is good to have an extra set of eyes in the community."
    Though the Sharon Street landfill is in the county, Martin is working to put a stop to illegal dumping within the city limits. She reminds the community to contact the code enforcement office before building or demolition. Any construction or demolition that occurs within the city limits must have a permit.
    If you know of any work being done without a permit or if you know of any illegal dumping sites, contact Code Enforcement Officer Tekelia Martin at 870-817-7437 or via email martintekelia@gmail.com.

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