BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Old rotten tires and rodents are taking over a vacant lot near some big businesses in North Baton Rouge.
The property owner said for three months he has complained to state, parish, and city leaders. He is still waiting for them to take action.
There is a pile of junk tires mounting near three businesses and a well-established neighborhood in north Baton Rouge. It is what real estate business owner, Val Lowery, said he sees every time he leaves his office. He said the tires suddenly appeared last December.
"I've been trying to get them removed for the last six months. Those tires were illegally dumped by a man named Sidney Green," Lowery said.
Sidney Green lives next door to Lowery's property. Lowery said his neighbor has admitted, more than once, that the tires are his and that he planned to move them. But the pile, Lowery said, kept growing.
"He was in and out with a truck and I thought he was moving the tires and I discovered during the night he was adding more," Lowery said.
The tires are more than an eyesore. They have created a health hazard too. Standing water, swarms of mosquitoes, and spider webs are visible. Lowery said there is more.
"There are roaches, rats, mosquitoes, and snakes. I've actually seen all of these things. I'm afraid to go to my storage shed."
Lowery has documents showing the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality visited the property on March 13. The inspectors noted they counted between 100 and 200 tires. They also stated Green told them he has been selling used tires off and on for about eight months. According to the report, Green stated he was not aware that he had to be registered with the department before selling tires.
DEQ cited green for an unauthorized waste tire pile and not registering with department.
Two weeks later, Lowery also filed a complaint with the Baton Rouge Police Department. He said the officer who responded told him he would get back to him in 30 days.
More than 60 days later, the tires are still there and Lowery said he has not heard back from anyone.
Mr. Green's father, James, told 9News he too is frustrated with the problem he said his son has caused.
"I told them he's got to get all that moved from here," James Green said.
"My concern is that I don't know if he's going to add more," Lowery said.
Lowery said his patience has run out. He said he plans to take Green to court before it gets worse.
Sidney Green claimed he was waiting on DEQ to remove the tires.
A spokesman for the department said DEQ does not do that and added Green is being turned over to their enforcement division.
The Baton Rouge Police Department cited Green for illegal dumping.
He is scheduled to appear in court on June 23.
The East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works is also now looking into the matter.