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Illegal tire dump investigated in Dunbar Township

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Thursday, April 4, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

Dunbar Township supervisors, state police and representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection are investigating the illegal dumping of six tons of tires recently on Balaban Road.

Chairman John Tabaj told township residents on Thursday that the supervisors took an estimated 300 to 500 tires to a landfill for disposal.

“The state police and the DEP are helping us,” Tabaj said. “We want to catch these people, so we can stop it from happening again. We took eight truckloads of tires to a landfill for disposal.”

Tabaj said the supervisors have an idea of who may have committed the illegal dumping, but they have no plans to identify the suspects until the investigation has been completed.

In an effort to resolve dumping problems in the township, supervisors are encouraging residents to pay attention and report suspicious activity to the township, state police, Fayette County officials and representatives of DEP and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“We need cooperation from township residents to help us to stop this,” Tabaj said.

Debris was also illegally dumped recently on Barron Road, according to Tabaj.

“We found out the name of the person who did it, and we went to the state police to report what happened,” he said. “The person was responsible for paying for the equipment that we used to clean it up and for the landfill costs.”

In other business, supervisors:

• Accepted the low bid of A.C. Moyer Co. of Lemont Furnace at a cost of $135,608 for the Ridge Road paving project contingent on the approval of Solicitor Tim Witt and Widmer Engineering. It was the lowest of seven proposals received for the project.

• Agreed to invite representatives of McDonald Land Services and Chevron to attend a township meeting to discuss seismic testing planned for summer to identify potential sites for future Marcellus shale gas drilling.

• Decided to pay sewage authority members $50 a month to attend Yough Sanitary Authority meetings with representatives from Dawson and Vanderbilt.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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