Once an eyesore along Highway 175 in south Dallas, an illegal dump site dubbed the “boat graveyard” will finally be cleaned up and blocked off to prevent future dumping. The City Attorney’s Office for Dallas sought funding from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) this year to help cleanup up the site after the city pledged half of the needed $90,000 to remove the boats. The City of Dallas requested $45,000 from NCTCOG to help with the cleanup, which began October 18, 2004 and will continue for approximately three weeks.
Many city departments will help with the effort, including Streets, Parks and Recreation, Sanitation, the Fire Department as well as an arborist to help ensure that tree damage is mitigated. A majority of the waste will be land filled because no vendor could be found for the aged and deteriorated boats; however, besides boats having been dumped at the site thousands of tires were also dumped there. City officials were able to find a vendor willing to accept and recycle the tires. An estimated 2500 to 3000 tons of waste will be collected at the site.
The City had to file legal action to gain access to certain parcels of land where the boats were dumped. The courts recently granted the city access to the land as the funding from NCTCOG was being approved. Dallas City Attorney Madeleine Johnson stated that “This is a cooperative project that involves 14 City departments,… persistence in the courts and finding funds for this project will be rewarded in a few short weeks when this eyesore and health hazard is cleaned up.”
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