by Toby Sells
The Shelby County government has an eye - in fact, many eyes - on you.
County officials say they have already caught many people illegally dumping trash, tree limbs, and construction debris by using hidden cameras. Within the first 24 hours of the cameras' installation last week, a woman was seen dumping trash in the Northaven area.
“This is an important addition to our fight against blight," Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr said in a statement. "The cameras are giving us 24-hour presence in areas known for illegal dumping."
The cameras cost $18,000, according to Shelby County Public Works Director Tom Needham, but he said it's a "small price based on the $100,000 we had to pay last year to remove all the debris." County crews removed some 320 ton of illegally dumped debris last year.
Public works officials will work with Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies to identify violators caught on camera.
"We’ll now have their picture and the evidence needed for a criminal charge,” Luttrell said.