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Apr 18, 2014 7:19 PM

City Mulls New Tire Dumping Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI - Walk, ride or drive in any direction in this city and eventually, you're going to run into a spare tire or several of them.

They're all over the place.

So, the city is working on a plan to rid itself of the tires.

City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Director Lawrence Mikolajczyk on Tuesday presented a draft ordinance to the City Council asking for more control over the problem.

He says there are about 130 tire shops in the city and the ordinance would require them to register themselves with the city, begin marking their tires with a designated number, and keep a detailed manifest of the tires.

Marking the tires would give the city a way to trace where it came from.

And the manifest protects the business from liability if someone buys tires and then, dumps them.

Rafael Velasquez owns Big Boys Tires on Ayers and says random tires just show up at his place.

He says people are always leaving tires in front or beside his store.

He says the city's plan sounds good but wonders if it will work. He says if someone takes one of his tires and the city traces it back to him, he'll be the one stuck with a stiff penalty.

"Sometimes we leave tires outside and people take them because they think they're good and they're probably gonna go dump them somewhere else," he says. "And they're gonna blame us. So, everything's gonna come back to us - the tire shop owners."

Mikolajczyk says workshops are planned to help fine-tune the ordinance and public input is part of that process. The workshops are being planned for the late summer.

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