Common Council considering changes to South Bend dumping programs

The Common Council is considering changes to South Bend's Illegal Dumping Program.

Twice this year, they approved funding for a special code enforcement crew to go through and clean up illegal dumping hot spots.

Since then, crews have cleared out millions of tons of trash from vacant lots and alleyways.

Now code enforcement and some council members want to make the cleanup efforts more permanent.

The department is asking for about $328,000 to help fund full-time illegal dumping crew in 2013.

“I think that it should be a consistent part of the South Bend program,” says Oliver Davis of the South Bend Common Council. “It should not be special projects; it should be a part of the program. Just like the graffiti program. It's a part of our program.”

The additional money would pay for four full-time crew members. They've all been working on cleaning up illegal dump sites since the pilot program started.

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