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Tire Pile-up Cause Northwest Residents to Worry

6:00 PM, Sep 27, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The vacant lot between Reed and Tampa Streets has Roberto Velmonte and his neighbors worried. There are dozens of tires stored on the lot and they are contributing to a mosquito problem in the neighborhood.

"This is the problem, the mosquitoes are bad," said Velmonte.

He has lived in the same community for 30 years. A city aerial map shows the property is cleared of trash, but it is not a current photograph. Velmonte pointed to the piles of tires concealed by thick brush.

"It has been a problem for the past six months,' he said.

The property belonged to the Evangelistic Temple Church of God, but on February 12 it was sold to Orion Caldwell. Caldwell owns OAC maintenance, LLC.


Velmonte says he has asked the company to remove the tires, he is worried about the West Nile Virus.

"This is a constant threat, 11-13 people got it," said a worried Velmonte.

Caldwell, by phone, said this is not a case of illegal dumping.

"I'm at the end of my fiscal year and I will be pulling them off the property within the next few weeks," said Caldwell.

"The property looks a whole lot better than when I bought it," he added.

"This is just temporary storage," said Caldwell.

Velmonte wants to know what is he supposed to do about the mosquito problem while the company waits to remove the tires?

"I can't even come out of my door," he said.

Caldwell reiterated the tires will be gone within 30 days, but not soon enough for Velmonte and his neighbors.




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