Hidalgo Co. Woman Concerned About 'Hazardous' Tire Dump
NEAR PALMVIEW – An abandoned property on Business 83 and Greene Road near Palmview is an eyesore and one neighbor is fed up.
“I pass by here every day and I get to see it every day and it just bothers me,” Mary Solis, who lives right behind the abandoned lot, said.
Solis’ main concern isn't that the place is ugly. She believes it's a health hazard.
“There's so much talk about the Zika virus and we don't need that. We have enough problems already,” she said.
She said there are dozens of tires collecting standing water there.
“Well, I’ve called three places already and each and every one has said it's not their jurisdiction,” Solis explained.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS found out the property is Hidalgo County territory, not Mission or Palmview.
Hidalgo County Precinct 3 said their hands are tied since it’s private property. Although they've started the process of getting a court's permission to clean up the trash, they'll never have the authority to demolish the building.
“We can't go onto private property. What happens is the Nuisance Abatement Program goes into effect,” said Sgt. Dan Broyles with the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office.
Broyles said the lot has been forwarded to the program. That means the owner of the property will be notified of the problem and if nothing is done, a court will get involved.
“It's not an overnight thing, unfortunately,” he said. “And I know people get impatient because they think it should be cleaned up yesterday, but that's just not how it works.”
Solis said she doesn't care who does the clean-up. She just wants it done soon.
“Somebody's got to take the initiative to do something,” she said.
The county said it could be months before they can set foot on the property.
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