On May 28, 2013, the Commissioners Court met again to discuss the problem we had over a year and half ago. Commissioner Rodriguez asked if there was anything they could do to get the tire mess cleaned up in Pct. 3 on 2nd and 3rd streets and the responsible people prosecuted.
When John Carabajal (former code enforcer) saw the code violation on the east side of town at 2nd and 3rd streets, he followed the proper procedures and filed a legal documentation on the violation. Carabajal was doing an excellent job.
When several people in Pct. 1 and Pct. 3 complained to the commissioners that Carabajal was enforcing the rules to have the guilty person prosecuted and the tires removed by the landowner, some of the commissioners made the motion to terminate the code enforcer’s position due to lack of funds.
During the Commissioners Court meeting, it was stated that TCEQ had done an investigation into the matter and found that the tires were illegally dumped in the property owner’s land and also that a local tire shop was responsible for hiring Mr. Ramirez, the brother of the property owner.
After a year and a half, the case has been filed; send to the precinct judge, forwarded to the county attorney and now sits on the desk of the district attorney.
If the county would allow our local code enforcers to give citations, maybe this problem would have stopped at 50 tires.
Mr. District Attorney, you should have summoned the land owner, the guilty person who dumped the tires on the property, the local tire generator (owner) and employees of the tire company and the accounting records for this improper disposal that has been and still is a health issue.
People of Bee County, do not let the Commissioners Court have us, the taxpayers, pay for this mess of cleaning up the more than several thousand tires. I believe it is the property owner’s responsibility (since it was her brother) to pay for cleaning up the tires. Or better yet, get the local tire generator to pay for the mess since they were the ones to hire Ramirez in the first place.
Maybe it is time for the Bee County residents to look at how to and where to charge the officials in involved with substandard duty performance or dereliction of duty or, better yet, deliberate indifference.