Thousands of tires on Coryell County property causing concerns

Kurtis Quillin reports.

CORYELL COUNTY - A property in rural Coryell County is raising concerns. The problem – thousands of tires are sitting on the property abandoned.

A man who owns a hunting lease next to the property said he has been dealing with more and more and he’s asking for someone to clean it up.

David Clements said two years ago he started making calls about thousands of tires piled on property next to his.

“It goes like, a quarter-mile,” Clements said.

With rising concerns over mosquito-borne viruses – he wants something done about it now – before it is too late.

Like many Texans, David Clements likes to hunt and that is why he bought his deer lease near FM 1783 in Coryell County five years ago.

“I found a good deal on the property,” he said. “there’s a lot of deer in his area so I just bought the property.”

When Clements bought the property he found two rows of tires along the fence. Two years ago he made a discovery on the property next to his – a massive pile of tires – that can easily be seen by satellite.

 

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “and now that the Texas Land Board says they’re 30-foot deep, that really concerns me.”

Coryell County Attorney Brandon Belt said the property’s previous owner had a permit for scrap tires from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Belt estimates there could be as many as 600,000 tires, but with some buried underground – it’s impossible to get an accurate count.

While the tires are an eyesore, Clements is worried is a health hazard.

“I looked up and I was just covered in mosquitoes,” Clements said. “We’re talking about thousands of mosquitoes on me.”

Water sitting in the tires are creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes, with threats such as Zika and West Nile, Clements said he’s worried about getting sick.

“I just want some help cleaning this up from somebody,” he said.

The problem is the property was foreclosed on in 2004 and is now owned by the Texas Veterans Land Board. Belt said the county can’t legally take action because that is a state agency.  

Belt said he has been working with the Veterans Land Board and two other state agencies to find a solution since 2009.

They are hoping to have a solution soon.

 

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