DOT cleans up I-20 debris pit

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Georgia's Department of Transportation is removing more than 900 truckloads of debris from land it sold to a developer in Columbia County more than two years ago.

"The property in question was an old Interstate 20 debris pit site used for construction and demolition waste, but not household or industrial waste," said district DOT spokeswoman Cissy McNure in an e-mail response to questions about the cleanup.

"We sold the site several years ago for future development. In the corner of this property, unknown to us and the buyer, additional debris was found," she said.

"At this time, we have hauled 900 dump truck loads to the Richmond County landfill at a cost of about $350,000."

According to Columbia County real estate records, the 38.6-acre site was sold in January 2005 for $455,000.

Its new owner, Charles Dunstan, won rezoning approval in December 2005 to develop as many as 166 residential lots.

Mr. Dunstan declined Thursday to comment on the cleanup, but acknowledged there was trash on the site that he was not aware of at the time it was purchased.

The residential development project, he said, remains in the engineering phase.

Before the 2005 rezoning, the site was zoned M-1, or light industrial.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/01/07 - 06:25 am
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Charles Dunstan bought it why

Charles Dunstan bought it why does the DOT have to clean it?

nems
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nems 12/01/07 - 12:44 pm
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wow Dunstan made out like a

wow Dunstan made out like a bandit

dani
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dani 12/01/07 - 02:15 pm
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The taxpayers are the suckers

The taxpayers are the suckers here.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 12/01/07 - 04:35 pm
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Another fiddle,thousands of

Another fiddle,thousands of them about.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 12/01/07 - 04:38 pm
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Note the linguistic

Note the linguistic sleight-of-hand by the DOT spokesperson. You would think the debris removed was construction debris, though she does not actually say that. It was a buried trash dump more than 50 years old containing tires, tin cans etc. My question is why wouldn't the state just take the land and pay him back? We could have had a park. Now, the taxpayers have removed harmless buried trash to allow Dunstan to build an authentic pile of trash.

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shamrock 12/01/07 - 05:06 pm
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... and why isn't Pam "do

... and why isn't Pam "do nothing but seek publicty" Tucker in the middle of this. Anything that doesn't involve work on her part is always an opportunity to keep making a name for herself. You want to talk about a waste of taxpayer money??

The Bottom Line
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The Bottom Line 12/02/07 - 12:09 am
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I agree with DrBukk, but why

I agree with DrBukk, but why did the state sell the property in the first place without full disclosure... I knew it was a dump...it has had concrete slabs on it since DOT repairs to I-20 years ago. Before that it WAS a dump. I think if I was going to buy land for development, I would have it tested...wouldn't you...hmmm.

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