Owsley County Officials Working To Beautify County

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

Eastern Kentucky is known for its beauty and officials in one county are doing all they can to keep their area beautiful and free from garbage.

Trash, bicycles, cars, and hairspray cans. Those are just some of the items being found in illegal dump sites across Owsley County. Now officials say they are fed up with all the garbage.

"We want people to know those days are behind us in Owsley County. You're not going to be able to haul your garbage off on someone else," said Owsley County Judge Executive Cale Turner.

"Every week there is somebody in and complaining about people throwing garbage in the river or dumping over the hills on other people's property," said Owsley County Sheriff Kelly Shouse.

Its illegal dump sites like these that officials say won't be tolerated. They say if necessary they will seek legal action to get them cleaned up.

"If you're caught dumping, you're going to court," Turner said.

Just this week, the sheriff's department ordered a criminal summons to appear in court because of one man's illegal dumping.

"We're hoping he'll go through the court process and that he'll have to start being responsible for what he did," Turner said.

"It's a lot cheaper to pay 11 dollars a month to have their garbage picked up than it is to come to court and deal with it in the court system," Shouse said.

Officials say every household generates garbage, so now they are looking at making trash pick up a mandatory service.

Judge Turner says he hopes to have all illegal dump sites in the county cleaned up sometime this summer. He then plans to concentrate on cleaning up the roadside litter.

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