Anyone living in East Montgomery County for very long has surely noticed the increased litter and illegal dumping that has accompanied the area’s population increase.
The Pct 4 Commissioner’s Office has worked with the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office and the MCSO for four years to combat the problem. The Pct. 4 Parks Department has also been involved. Parks Director Greg Long has worked to combat the problem, not only through the efforts of the Clean Roadsides Crew but by becoming certified to investigate illegal dumping, through the Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center. This training enables Greg to identify items, in illegal dumping sites, that might be useful evidence for law enforcement.
Last Thursday, Greg responded to Kennedy Drive off of East River, in the Splendora area, where a large amount of smelly household garbage had been dumped.
A closer look identified the person whose household generated the trash. Greg took photos of the site and removed identifying items before calling for the Precinct 4 Clean Roadsides Crew to leave their assigned work area and clean up the trash on Kennedy.
Raul and the crew quickly removed every bit of trash. Greg Long compiled all of the information and presented it to Deputy Morrow, with the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office. Deputy Morrow issued the suspect a citation for littering.
The standard fine for littering in Precinct 4 is $500, but the fine can increase, and the charges can increase to a jailable offense, depending upon the amount and contents of the illegally dumped items.
“Don’t trash East County!”