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UPDATE: Community steps up to help Denison man clean illegal dump site


UPDATE [Aug. 19, 2013] -- Volunteers have made remarkable progress cleaning up a massive illegal dump site in Denison.

Every Monday since our report aired in July, workers with Home Depot in Sherman have returned to the property to help clean the pile.

They say they've come across everything from building supplies and Christmas decorations to lawnmowers and snakes. They've had to bring in heavy equipment just to clear a path to get to the pile.

So far, they say they're about half-way finished with the entire project. "I see progress. I see definitely the level of commitment that the Home Depot associates have put out here to help make an impact on it," general manager Mike Alexander said.

Workers expect to finish the job in about six more weeks.

UPDATE [July 15, 2013] -- Early morning rain didn't stop the clean-up of a dump site behind the home of a disabled Denison man.

Crews with Home Depot in Sherman showed up at the home on Nelson Street at 7am.

Homeowner Tim Redford says one woman worked all day Sunday to help clear up the trash, too.

Together, they were able to top off one dumpster with trash, wood and other debris.

While the pile still has a long way to go before it's cleaned up, Home Depot manager Mike Alexander says its committed to seeing the job through.

"It's an opportunity for us to give back to the community. I mean, there's really no expertise to do this. It's really just having the will and the labor to do it, and we have that," Alexander said.

"It's a huge difference," homeowner Redford said. "Looks a lot better."

Redford is disabled and unable to clear out the trash by himself. He says people have been illegally dumping trash behind the home for years. He moved into the home in June.

Home Depot says it's planning to return next Monday to continue to the clean up.

UPDATE: Denison man in the middle of an illegal dumping dispute
UPDATE [July 11, 2013]  -- A disabled Denison man says an overnight outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

KTEN first brought you his story Wednesday. Tim Redford recently moved into a home on Nelson Drive in Denison. For years, he says people have been illegally dumping trash behind his home. The trash is on the other side of Redford's property line. The city says it does not own the property either and is in the process of trying to figure out to whom it belongs.

Meanwhile, Redford would like to see the site cleaned up. However, he is unable to make much progress himself because of his condition.
After his story aired, KTEN began received emails and messages from people throughout Texoma wanting to help, including dozens Denison High School Honor Society students. The City of Denison also committed to cleaning up the site. It said it would haul away and replace trash dumpsters as soon as they become full.

Redford also says a mother and her six young children showed up at his home Thursday to lend a hand.

"It's unbelievable," Redford said holding back tears. "Especially being -- used to -- I was the one that was helping people and to see somebody coming out and doing it for me, just tears me up."

Redford is a retired police officer. He was struck by a driver during a traffic stop while working for the Bokchito Police Department.

The Home Depot in Sherman has also offered to help by coordinating a large clean-up set for next week.

UPDATE: Denison man in the middle of an illegal dumping dispute
[Posted: Jul 10, 2013 6:44 PM CDT]
DENISON – Tim Redford says he wants the unsightly mess near his property gone just as much as the city does. But, he says there are multiple reasons why -- for him -- cleaning it up will be next to impossible.

Looking out at his backyard all Redford sees is a massive mess he didn't make, and he says he's in no condition to clean it up.

Redford is a retired police officer who says he was injured during a traffic stop while on duty for the Bokchito Police Department.

"Got hit by a car, knocked me across the highway, it messed my back up and finally had to retire from working," he said.

Redford recently purchased the home on Nelson Drive in Denison.

But for years, he says, people have been illegally dumping trash into the 30 foot ditch behind his backyard. Now, he says the city wants him to clear it out and dropped off a dumpster this week to help.

"The city brought it out so I could try to start getting this cleaned up," he said.

but Redford says, not only is he incapable of cleaning up all the junk by himself, he says can't afford to hire help and feels he shouldn't have to because he says the trash is on the other side of his property line.

"We did measurements and found out it wasn't our property," he said. "Called the city and they said they didn't know whose it was and they came back and they said that it used to belong to the railroad, that they had abandoned it and now it's no mans land."

According to Texas human health and safety code, a person disposing of waste in a manner that may cause the pollution of the surrounding land, the contamination of groundwater or surface water, or the breeding of insects or rodents can be fined up to $1,000 and sent to jail for up to 30 days.

But, not knowing who the property actually belongs to creates another hurdle.

Redford says, regardless of who's responsible, he'll continue to clean up what he can.

"I don't want to live in a garbage dump," he said. "I'm poor, I ain't got much, but what I got I want to look nice."