Saturday, May 07, 2005

Tired Beyond Belief

If you saw the story about Enclave yesterday evening on WKRN's "News 2 at 5," you saw me taking pictures of the tires that were dumped weeks ago. As you can see those tires remain, even though the person who dumped them said he is the owner and that they would be removed in a matter of days, not weeks.

Tires and tall grass during Channel 2's shooting of Enclave story. 

Neighbors have been in contact with Metro Codes, with the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods, and with the Health Department about these tires, which are now filled with rainwater and scattered in the alley and on adjoining properties. According to the last official word we got from the Health Dept., the person who owns the adjoining property had been cited, rather than the owner of this property; and as far as we know, nothing else is supposed to happen until May 12.

In the meantime, the mosquito larvae that are probably breeding in these tires wait for no codes breaker or bureaucrat. The Health Dept. is ramping up their yearly mosquito control program, but it seems like an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in this case. Why wait until you have to spray chemicals to prevent West Nile? Neighbors here have waved red flags about the tires for weeks now, as documented on Enclave. A virus outbreak here could pose an embarrassing situation for some. Of course, the prospect of a virus could be a little more grim for those of us who live here.

Programming note: for those who did not see the News 2 story last evening about Enclave, I was told by Neil Orne that there is a chance it might replay on WKRN's Saturday morning news program.


  1. I cannot stop chuckling at that one. How can I get one of those for my neighborhood tire dump?