May 15, 2014 8:57 PM by Matt Fernandez

Family upset with illegal dump site

TUCSON - A Tucson family says they are fed up with people using a trail as an illegal dump site.

Jacob Geary says, "it's a nice outdoor getaway located off Cortaro Farms Road."

It's a place Geary, his mom, and his 7-year-old daughter go to get exercise and take in some nature, lately he has been seeing more than just trees and wildlife.

"We see a couch here, some carpeting, a lot paper, there is also a bucket of roof coating which has dried out in the sun," said Geary.

Geary's family cleaned this area up about two months ago, and on Thursday there was a mess again.

He contacted the county for something to be done, "They said they would send an investigator out but I don't think that anything has happened considering all the trash is still here," says Geary.

KC Custer with the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality says, "We had a complaint phoned in and I came out and investigated and found evidence and sent notices to the people responsible."

Several items including mail and personal information had the name Wexler on it.

"I received a notice of violation sent to my mother who is 94 and lives with me now, my dad passed away a couple years ago," said Greg Wexler.

Wexler came out to the site with the investigator and discovered that some of the items were his mom's.

"We did find a K-Mart badge that my mother wore when she was about 72, so it is about 20-30 years old, so it's kind of a collector's item," said Wexler

Wexler is unsure how the items got here. He says his family recently had an estate sale at his mother's home.

"The company that did the estate sale says they swear up and down they disposed of it in the garbage pails, so my guess would be somebody most likely looked through the garbage pulled out what they thought maybe had some value and disposed of it improperly, realizing it was canceled checks and all bank statements."

Wexler says he is going to get a crew out to clean the trash as soon as possible.


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