Dumping goes on after removal of donations bin
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:34

photo by Bobby Crawford

County official says property owner could be cited for trash

by Ben Boehl

Last week, The Eagle reported that a Planet Aid clothing bin had become a dumping ground at the parking lot of the former Tennis Shoe Warehouse near the intersection of Trappe and North Point roads.
    At the request of the community, that bin was removed. The good news is that the clothing bin is gone; the bad news is that the area still remains a dumping ground.
    Gray Manor & Northshire Community president Linda Gossman said that after the clothing bin was removed, Linda Cotter, a member of the Gray Manor & Northshire organization, completely cleaned the parking lot.        
    A few days later, however, a new pile of trash was found at the location. Items dumped included a carseat, a mattress and a recliner. Gossman wonders why people can’t take pride in their community.
    “I’m sick and tried of people who go down there and do that,” she said. “Something has to be done. People can’t continue to dump there.”
    Gossman said she has been in contact with Lionel van Dommelen, chief of the Baltimore County Bureau of Code Inspection & Enforcement. Van Dommelen credits Planet Aid for being cooperative and removing the clothing bin at the Trappe and North Point site. A donation box that collects books is still on the site. Gossman said she has placed in a call to the “book bin” people and requested they remove that bin too.
    The other Plant Aid clothing bin site that had dumping problems was across from the Wal-Mart parking lot in the North Point Plaza behind the Dollar Tree. That bin remains, but there was no trash around it as of Monday.
    Van Dommelen added that he contacted Baltimore County police to try to keep the Trappe Road area clean.
    “In my view, these folks are dumping illegally and could be charged with that offense. I have asked Precinct 12 to notify its officers of the issue in the hope they can stop it,” he said. “Beyond that, we will be citing the property owner for maintaining an open dump.”
    According to The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation online records, that property owner is Byung J. Choi, who bought the property from Discount Shoes in late December 2011. Choi couldn’t be reached for comment.
    Gossman added that the police can’t be expected to patrol the area 24 hours a day and wishes that people would use common sense and not dump.
    “It’s a shame. It ruins the whole neighborhood,” she said. “I do not want Gray Manor, Charlesmont or Northshire to start looking like the inner city.”