“We need to raise awareness and get this under control,” says county marshal
Shown are hundreds of pounds of trash at a large illegal dumpsite on Carns Mill Road off Hwy 515.
In the last year Pickens County Marshal Jim Harvey has written 43 citations for illegally dumping trash inside county lines.
Now Harvey is on a mission to inform the public about the seriousness of the problem and the potential severity of littering fines and imprisonment. He also wants to encourage people to report suspicious activity if they see it to aid in future investigations.
“We need to raise awareness and get this under control,” he said. “It’s just getting completely out of hand.” Harvey says he has been so busy pursuing illegal dumpers that he has been unable to focus on his other primary responsibility as marshal, that of collecting delinquent taxes from pre-bill mobile homes, which is says is costing the county thousands of dollars.
You can more about Harvey’s efforts in this week’s print edition.