FOWLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – A Fowler couple has had enough with a private dump site next to their home, especially since work started happening in the middle of the night. And late Monday night, a truck hauling dirt overturned on that property off King Graves Road.
“We did buy this thinking that we would have 16 country acres, and it has kind of turned into a nightmare,” said Jenny Peyatt, who lives next to the site.
Peyatt said she has been looking for answers about the dumping for a few weeks. The site is owned by Andrew Shaluga.
“I’m very worried about preserving my property. He wants to do what he wants to do and that’s fine. I’m just very worried about the flooding that’s going to happen on my property,” Peyatt said.
The dirt is being hauled by a company contracted to do work at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. That company has a spoils deposition release form — a signed agreement with Shaluga, the property owner.
“There is a perfectly legitimate agreement here between the contractor and the property owner… for a dump site to take these spoils, they’re called, off the airport and to complete the project,” said Dan Dickten, executive director of aviation at the airport.
Shuluga declined to speak to WYTV on camera, but said he has the permits to dump.
WYTV obtained documents from the Trumbull County Joint Health District showing that Peyatt first filed a complaint on October 14.
On the 16th, inspectors visited the site and found several violations, including dumping of solid waste and clean hard fill without notifying the department.
A violation notice was issued to Shaluga on October 23.
The same day, Shaluga filled out a written notice for the intent to fill, meaning he plans on continuing to allow the dumping. The notice was stamped received at the health department on Monday.
Peyatt still has some concerns, however.
“I’m really worried about the drainage and what it’s going to do to my property,” she said.