Augusta, GA -
It’s right next to the property Willard Hogan is marketing, and he’s not happy about his new neighbor, a pile of storm debris.
“It's not very pretty, it's presented a traffic hazard for people trying to get in and out of the office park," said Hogan.
What’s not very pretty is a large 10-foot by 20-foot wide pile of tree debris, including very large trucks.
So, how did it get there? “I don't know, I don't know. All I know, it's there and it needs to be moved,” said Hogan.
City contractors are moving tons of debris and even though Augusta Commissioners approved increasing the cost of the storm cleanup by another $2.5 million, this section of Boy Scott Road has already been cleaned andclosed out, and the contractors will not pick this pile up for FEMA pay back
“This pile is not eligible, it's in front of commercial properties. It's going to be marked as such,” said Ralph Natale, of Leidos, the Florida Company monitoring and documenting the debris pickup,
Our investigation points to an independent tree company that dumped a big tree and other debris on a city street that already been cleaned, instead of properly disposing of it.
“It should make people furious to see stuff like that. They come to this town, they're paid for a service, and they try and stick it on the city. We want them,” says Interim Deputy City Administrator Steve Cassell.
The Richmond County Marshal's Office and Code Enforcement Department went to work to make sure the city wasn’t left holding the bag and bagged the company responsible.
“It was definitely someone trying to take advantage of it. What I understand, he brought it in from south Augusta and dumped it right there in west Augusta” said Cassell.
But, the city had the company cleaning its illegal dump and, as of news time, the work had started. We'll keep you posted if the work gets finished.
This afternoon the Marshal’s Office sited John Albert Marshall III, from Galveston, Texas for illegal dumping. The company he works for is Arbor Vision Tree Removal. The Marshal’s Office says it will also investigate to determine whether the company had a business license to be operating in the city.