Niagara Gazette — It as sure a sign of spring in the Cataract City as the return of robins and tourists.
As the winter snow melts, areas of the Love Canal neighborhood have become littered with everything from used tires to shingles and siding. The city’s Director of Public Works, Dave Kinney, said the worst areas are around 101st Street, between Colvin Boulevard and Frontier Avenue and parts of 91st, 93rd and 95th streets.
“They are dumping everything they can out there — tires and everything else in that area,” Kinney said.
Deputy DPW Director John Caso says the dumping creates hazardous conditions in the neighborhood.
“We’re getting a lot of people dumping back there,” Caso said. “And that stuff, shingles, siding, tires, that’s hard for us to dispose of.”
In the last few weeks, Caso said his department has been fielding a growing number of complaints from Love Canal residents.
“During the winter, the snow covers the debris up, but then the (spring) thaw comes and it’s all there,” Caso said. “But we will go out and pick it up.”
Both Caso and Kinney noted that cleaning up after illegal dumpers takes DPW crews away from more important work in the city. So they’ve reach out to city cops for some help.
“We realize (illegal dumping) is costing the city of lot of money,” Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said. “It diverts resources from DPW to go clean it up and it has a negative impact on the neighborhood.”
The city posted “No Dumping” signs in the area after previous episodes of illegal trash disposal there. But Kinney said someone has now stolen those signs.
Caso said the signs are being replaced and DalPorto said they provide fair warning that police will step up their presence in the Love Canal to stop the dumping.