An ordinance drafted by Dawson County Emergency Services concerning scrap tire storage and disposal in the county is under consideration by the board of commissioners and two public hearings are scheduled for June.
If approved, those who store used tires at businesses in the county will have to abide by certain protocol as enforced by the ordinance.
In his presentation to the board on May 11, Chief Tim Satterfield said it had come to the county's attention that tires are being improperly disposed of and stored throughout the county, and cited collection of rainwater in tires as a possible way to spread Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses, as well as other safety factors in regards to tires stored outside.
Tires make great homes for rodents, and when piled together pose a fire risk and are difficult to extinguish, Satterfield said. Also, when piled over a certain height they become a falling hazard.
The current draft of the ordinance states that all used tires, scrap tires and tire pieces stored within the county must be kept in a manner that prevents their exposure to and collection of the elements of nature. They must not be allowed to hold water, dirt, rubbish or other foreign materials.
Used tires must be stored separately, and if stored outside they must be screened from public view, properly stored, on racks or neatly stacked no higher than ten feet in height, in a roll-off container front load-dumpster with a top or other metal storage container, including a trailer not exceeding 45 feet by 8 feet by 13 feet if covered, if the stacked tires do not exceed height of 12 feet and the container and contents are shielded from rainwater.
No more than two containers can be stored at any one used tire facility location.
If in violation, any person or entity found guilty can be subject to a fine or penalty of no less than $25 or more than $500. The exact amount for each case is to be set by the Dawson County court system.
The proposed local ordinance would be an amendment to the state-adopted mandatory 2012 International Fire Code, Chapter 34.
After two public hearings on June 1 and June 15, the commission could vote to adopt the ordinance.