Tons of construction waste dumped in ditch

By: 
Lisa Ingebrand

Le Sueur County Sheriff officers and others examine the construction waste that was illegally dumped along the side of Waterville Township Road 470th Lane either late Tuesday, June 5 or early morning, Wednesday, June 6. Photo courtesy of Rhonda Gehrke

Taxpayers will be picking up the bill for the clean up of approximately 20 tons of construction waste that was dumped in a Waterville Township ditch on Tuesday, June 5 or Wednesday, June 6.

According to Waterville Township Chairman Alan Gehrke, the mess was discovered along 470th Street on Wednesday morning and was then reported to the township and Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office. The ditch is located north of Waterville and west of Highway 13.

"There are all sorts of construction materials in there, including shingles, plasterboard, insulation, concrete, and some tires," reported Le Sueur County Sheriff Chief Deputy Nick Greenig. "The incident remains under investigation."

Gehrke believes a side-dump trailer was used in the illegal dumping based on the volume and dimensions of the material and its location on the side of the road.

Contact the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office if you have information regarding this illegal dumping.

More information available in the June 14, 2018, print edition.

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