Bellmead: One Man’s Fight To Clean Up Eyesore Sparks State Probe

BELLMEAD (May 15, 2014) The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is investigating the City of Bellmead and a Bellmead auto parts business after one man's complaints about overgrown lots filled with junk vehicles adjacent to the homes of family members.

Factory worker Toby Monrial has been fighting for 20 years to get someone to take responsibility for the eyesore next to three homes occupied by family members

Monrrial says he has given the city years to do something about the ongoing problem, with no effect.

"They had a chance for four years now to do something and nothing was done."

The TCEQ received the first complaint about the eyesore in April 2005, and it was resolved in February 2006, agency spokeswoman Andrea Morrow said in an email Thursday.

The first complaint that led to the current investigation was filed in April 2012, she said.

In June 2012, the agency issued a Notice of Violation to Kelly's Used Auto Parts that required removal of industrial wastes and compliance with storm water rules and then approved two extensions, ultimately setting an April 25 deadline.

"Sufficient documentation was not submitted by that date," she said, and a follow-up investigation was started on May 5 that's still ongoing, she said.

An on-site investigation was conducted on Wednesday in response to another complaint received on April 23 against the city.

Investigations of the city and of the parts dealer "are ongoing at this time," she said.

To date Kelley's Auto Parts has removed more than 311 tons of vehicles and scrap metal and about 1,300 tires and has told the agency another 1,000 tires are ready to be moved, she said.

Bellmead's new city manager, Bo Thomas, said two city officials were at the site with the state investigators Wednesday and confirmed that some of the vehicles may be on city property.

"It does appear some cars may be on the right of ways," he said.

"I can tell you that Bellmead is getting into a position to be able to do that and ultimately I think that's an option if that need arises."

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