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Tire dumpers may face harsher penalties

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Commission is pushing for tougher penalties to curb illegal tire dumping.

The commission has voted in favor of increasing the dumping fine from $25 to $250. If approved, violators will also find their cars impounded.

The item has one more vote before it is final.

One neighborhood is hoping the commission will make it happen.

Neighbors who live on Spottswood in Memphis are supporting tougher penalties for illegal tire dumping.

"I think that's a good idea," stated resident Albert Buggs.

Another Spottswood native agreed it is a wise plan.

"It would be wise. They shouldn't be dumping it because they know it's not legal," said Vernard Foster

2898 Spottswood Avenue is a constant tire dumping ground. Neighbors are not pleased with this fact.

"I don't like it. They have those tires there and all that stuff comes over to my house," explained Albert Buggs.

Commissioners made clear they are hoping the tougher rules will stick around this time.

"It's just rude," declared Foster.

Currently, the tires collect water and critters which, in turn, impact the surrounding homes.

The home is owned by John and Margaret Chandler.

Since September 2011, the city has posted several violation notices on the condemned home.

"I would just like to see people in the neighborhood start respecting each other," voiced Vernard Foster.

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