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Junkyard!


 

A junk yard (aka "We Recycle) along the northbound side of US 281 at the entrance to Indian Hills is increasingly becoming a danger and poorer neighbor. 


The TCEQ inspected this site in 2014 and declared that it was compliant.  

In March 2016, Jen Crownover, our County Commissioner, responded to constituent's renewed complaints and compiled a list of contacts that we can use to motivate action.  She is stimulating State and County action, but encourages us to individually support her as stated in Jen's call to action

Please take the time to contact each of the organizations listed (here) with Jen's call to action.  Please list your concerns relevant to each organization's purview, be succinct, avoid expressing emotional feelings (stick to the facts), and above all, be courteous.

Comal County Environmental Enforcement has issued a "Notice of Violation" against the land owner
(and apparent owner / operator).  The violation is on the April 7th docket for the County Court.


Wessale's email to City of Spring Branch

 

To: info@CityofSpringBranch.org

I am contacting the City of Spring Branch regarding the junk yard called "We Recycle" at 13600 US 281, Spring Branch, TX 78070.  The subject junkyard has increasingly become an environmental concern, a potential danger, and an eyesore.

 In late 2014, many residents in the area contacted our former County commissioner and, as a result, several concerns were temporarily addressed.  However, since then the problems have recurred and become exaggerated.

Our current Comal Commissioner, Jen Crownover, is stimulating action at the State and County level, but she points out that the City of Spring Branch could have the most influence on the matter.

I am not a resident of the City of Spring Branch (my residence is within the ETJ), or a resident of  Indian Hills (the subdivision entrance at which this junkyard is located), but I encourage you prioritize and pass regulations that force this junkyard to be a good neighbor and prevent future unsightly and dangerous junkyards to be formed within the city..

 I realize the City has many issues that must be addressed as it goes through  formation, but I encourage you to address this issue before it escalates or is repeated.

Thank you,


Wessale's email to DPS

 

To: reportmetalstheft@dps.texas.gov

[Part 1]

I am writing to file a complaint against "We Recycle" located at
13600 Hwy 281 North, Spring Branch, Tx 78070. 

They have become an increasing and repeating risk over the last year along this busy section on US 218. 

We Recycle often parks inoperable vehicles, appliances, and other discarded metal objects
on the US 281 setback right-of-way.

They also often often have trucks and trailers parked in the setback area while delivering and picking up materials.

Please perform an unannounced and thorough inspection of their operations before renewing their permit which expires 4/8/16.

If you need photographic evidence of these violations, please contact me (before alerting We Recycle) so that I may obtain them.

Thank you,

[Part 2]
Here are additional complaints I have regarding "We Recycle" at 13600 Hwy 281 North, Spring Branch, Tx 78070. 

They have become increasingly more of a junkyard over the past year.  The amount of material present keeps increasing,  they don't seem to recycle much. 

I also worry about how they handle dangerous substances that are present in the material they receive, such as oils and lubricants, coolants, refrigerants, and brake fluids.

Since they are inappropriately located next to a residential area where wells are the main source of drinking water, I worry about how harmful fluids are handled.

As requested in my previous email, please perform an unannounced and thorough inspection of their operations before renewing their permit which expires 4/8/16.

Thank you,


Wessale's email to TxDOT

 

To: rick.castanada@txdot.gov; will.lockett@txdot.gov

Thank you for calling me Friday about my concerns with "We Recycle" at 13600 N US 281, Spring Branch, TX 78070.

To summarize the concerns I expressed with We Recycle's and US 281:


1)They do not have a well-defined driveway, causing unpredictable and sudden traffic movements at the entrance to a subdivision.

2)Since they do not having a loading / unloading area within their border fence, they and/or their customers often use the right-of-way for truck and trailer parking while loading / unloading, and

3)Items for recycle are often left unattended outside their border fence and overlapping onto the right-of-way.

Thank you for your attention to this potential problem.

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me,


Wessale's email to TCEQ

 

To: melissa.story@tceq.texas.gov

Thank you returning my phone call and supplying me with your email address. 


I wanted to send you an email  to file a concern regarding "We Recycle" at 13600 Hwy 281 North, Spring Branch, Tx 78070. 

They have become increasingly more of a junkyard over the past year.  The amount of material present keeps increasing, but they don't appear to recycle much. 

I also worry about how they handle dangerous substances that are present in the material they receive, such as oils and lubricants, coolants, refrigerants, and brake fluids.

Since they are inappropriately located next to a residential area where wells are the main source of drinking water, I worry about how harmful fluids are handled.

Thank you,