Council to address human waste, idle trucks

By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

Twenty-one years ago, Kenny Dooley moved into a nice home in a nice neighborhood on Big Run South Road.

For the first decade, he enjoyed everything about the location. He loved to have family and friends over for picnics and parties. He liked opening up his windows at night to hear the wildlife that took up residence on his five-acre property. He worked hard to maintain an aesthetically pleasing yard. But now, he says, all of those simple pleasures have been taken away from him because of alleged actions at nearby businesses.

The troubles began nearly 11 years ago with the warehouse expansion on Centerpoint Drive in the village of Urbancrest. As more companies began moving in, more semi-trucks began flowing in as well and this, said Dooley, is where all the conflict lay.

At first, it was the noise they were generating.

“It went on all day and night,” he said.

Then he started to notice litter in his yard.

And then he made the discovery that some of the trash was actually human excrement.

“We’re talking feces bags and urine bottles.”

He said he has corresponded regularly with the managers at the nearby companies, but nothing is ever done to put a stop to the alleged actions by some of the truck drivers.

“They just end up blaming the other (business) for it.”

Dooley said he is not anti-business but he is completely fed up with the noise, the behavior and by having to pick up human waste on his property.

“It’s sick,” he said. “It’s disgusting.”

To try another course of action, Dooley contacted the village of Urbancrest to see if they could do anything about the problems he has been having with the nearby businesses. Several suggestions and possible resolutions were offered at the health and safety committee meeting on July 21.

Councilwoman Deborah Larkins Jackson said they would have the law director look into contractual agreements the village made with these businesses to see if it had included anything about the construction of a buffer zone for residents.

Code enforcer Marvin Mitchell said the village would look into the legality of establishing non-idling locations.

Councilman Kenneth Skeaton said council would set up a meeting with the village mayor and the businesses to see how this issue could be resolved. Skeaton said he is confident that a positive outcome could be reached because the businesses have always had a good relationship with the village.

Dooley said he appreciated council’s response and hopes that something can be done to fix the situation.

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