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Complaint spurs cleanup of computers in Morgan yard

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

A neighbor's complaint is leading to the cleanup of a computer dumpsite in Morgan City.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George said the man told him he has his house on the market and that the mound of computers in his neighbor's yard at 166 Old Silo Road is a distraction.

Ricky Brooks, director of Morgan County Environmental Services, took action. He said William Newcomb has between 700 and 800 computers piled at the side and back of his house.

"He is stripping them of all the copper wire and selling it," Brooks said. "I informed him that if he was going to operate as a business, he couldn't throw them on the ground, that they would have to be disposed of properly. If he wants to run a general business that's fine, but he cannot create a dump."

Brooks said Newcomb is in the process of getting Waste Corporation of America in Mooresville to provide a 40-yard roll-off dumpster. His wife confirmed that.

"It shouldn't take any more than a week," Brooks said. "The company will haul the computers for a fee to the Decatur/Morgan County Landfill, and Newcomb will be in compliance."

Brooks, who also is a deputized solid waste officer for the county, said he notified the Alabama Department of Environmental Management of the infraction.

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