Typically you use security cameras to, well, keep things secure. But litter is so bad on one Siouxland road; cops are using the cameras to put a stop to it.
It's called Foundry Road in South Sioux City. In the past, a lot of people headed down it to fish out of the Missouri River. Some of it is city land, some Dakota County, and the rest private. And everybody agrees it's become choked with trash.
Authorities say people with truckloads of garbage dump there, perhaps attracted to the end of the road's remote canopy of trees.
"I don't understand. What happened to just putting it on the curb? It seems to be, this is where they're bringing it and dumping it," said Dakota County Sheriff Chris Kleinberg.
Illegally dumping it. Leaving mattresses, concrete, tires. About everything from big screen TV's to big piles of garbage. Authorities say it's time to put a stop to it.
"This is, this is just completely a dump site," said South Sioux Police Chief Scot Ford.
Ford says to keep things from getting worse, about a month ago, his department put up video cameras to spot the trash makers. He couldn't say how many cameras he has, but some you'll see. Some you won't.
"We have to find some way to put an end to this, and video surveillance is a good way to do that," said Ford.
Surveillance seems to be working. Cameras caught a couple guys bringing in garbage and leaving with empty truck beds. Plus, authorities were able to cite another fellow after he dumped deer remains in the ditch.
"Ideally, I would like to see it go back to where it was 40 years ago, when we used it for a fishing and recreation area, and people didn't dump trash down there," said Sheriff Kleinberg.
But until then...
"Hopefully people will take note and do what's right," said Chief Ford.
It's a more than $150 fine for anybody dumping illegally. Plus, you might be charged with trespassing.
And if you're wondering, officials are working together to clean up Foundry Road. They want to have the area back to normal as soon as possible. But, parts of the road are pretty rough and it could make it hard for cleaning crews to do their job.
If you need to dump large items, and live in South Sioux, officials have a couple options to choose from. Twice a year they have "Spring Cleanup Days." Work crews will grab anything in front of your house, as long as it's not a tire or hazardous.
They also say you can haul just about anything to LP Gill Landfill near Jackson, Neb. Though, you'll probably have to pay to dump there.
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