Little league facing fines for others dumping garbage on property

The Brooklyn Center little league is facing thousands of dollars in fines, for garbage others are dumping on their property. This league has been around for fifty years and needs the particular area for parking.

Piles of concrete, bathroom tiles, pipes, and boards filled with nails are just some of what has been dumped on the Brooklyn Center little league's private property. President of the league, Debbie Stoddard, said it started this fall.

"It's disgusting really," Stoddard said. "I just don't even understand why they would do that."

One of two fields they own closest to the marsh has been too wet for kids to play on for a couple of seasons.

"We were going to take some clean fill and put it under the sod, we found out from the city this is considered wet land area and we need a special use permit," Stoddard said. "So we stopped the project because we would have to raise money for filing fees, and surveys, and all the paperwork that goes with filling special use permit."

But by that time, the league had already sent a letter to one landscaping company offering a place for fill dirt only. Stoddard quickly put a stop to that request within a month.

However, for 6 months now, everything from couches to televisions has continued to be illegally dumped where 130 kids are registered to play ball.

"It has snow balled in the last two weeks," Stoddard said. "It has doubled in size."

Ivan, owner of Vis Exteriors Inc., admitted he just dropped off his first load of dirt this morning.

"I was cleaning the yard over there… my friend's house, that's what he said they've been doing," Ivan said. "I didn't know anything. That's what he told me, that we can come here and dump the dirt."

Now Stoddard is facing about a thousand dollars in fines from the city and Department of Natural Resources because of what has become an environmental hazard, not to mention a safety concern. It will cost about $18,000 to clean up, but all she wants is for whoever put the mess here to come back and get it.

"Really it's the kids that have to pay for it," she said.

The league has been told they will be fined if this mess isn't cleaned up by June 1, which is this Monday.

Police are investigating but the league says they are not looking to prosecute anyone. They simply just want help cleaning up the mess.


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