(Apple Valley)– On Friday, July 1, two people received misdemeanor citations for illegal dumping within Town limits when they were caught off-loading yard rubbish in the vicinity of Bell Mountain.
Code Enforcement Officer Robb Tafoya observed the two suspects towing a trailer loaded with unsecured debris at the intersection of Highway 18 and Navajo Road. Knowing that many illegal dumpers do not cover or secure their loads so they can off-load more quickly, Officer Tafoya followed the suspects through Apple Valley for about 25 minutes until they reached an area near the water tank north of Bell Mountain.
Tafoya and additional Code Enforcement Officers approached the suspects as they were dumping tree clippings onto the ground. The suspects, who indicated that their father instructed them to dump the rubbish without getting caught, were required to load all of the dumped material back into the trailer. The vehicle and trailer were towed and impounded for 30 days.
This was the second time this year that misdemeanor citations have been issued to individuals caught illegal dumping. On average, Code Enforcement Officers deal with three or four cases of illegal dumps in progress per year. Misdemeanor citations and vehicle impounds are processed in accordance with municipal codes that date back to 2004.
“The unfortunate part about these citations is that they are senseless. The Town of Apple Valley sponsors numerous community enhancement events throughout the year,” said Officer Tafoya, who explained residents are invited to drop off old tires, mattresses, appliances and household hazardous waste at special events held regularly. “These suspects could have gotten rid of their tree clippings legally and without charge at one of our neighborhood clean-up days or our semi-annual Community Clean-up Day.”
For a list of upcoming community enhancement events or to report a code violation, visit www.AVCode.org or call the Code Enforcement Department at (760) 240-7560.