Neighbors Upset About Shingle Pile Near Homes


UPDATED: Thursday April 10, 2014 12:18 AM

When houses started going up on Brownleaf Road, homeowners looked out over lakes and fields.  The lakes slowly filled in with concrete and dirt.  Those piles grew to a hill.  A barbed wire fence was added and different piles grew inside.

"They're mountains out there.  They're actually that tall to where they're about as tall as our tree out front," said homeowner Jennifer Preece.

Layers and layers of shingles.  It's a 10-year operation called Roof To Road.  The shingles are ground up and added to asphalt.  The owner says it makes a longer lasting material and keeps the shingles out of landfills.

"If you're grinding, it's fine little thingies, you can't tell me every bit of it is going where he wants it to go,"  said homeowner Melanie Coplan.

Neighbors think that is running off into the ground and into their wells. 

They fear there's asbestos in some of the shingles.

 The business owner insists he's tested by the EPA but homeowners are looking into water testing. 

It's $200 for each of them for each test and there are several kinds of asbestos.

"If we have to spend $200 for each asbestos testing of eight of them and often we would have to do it, how much are they testing of his?" said Coplan.

The city of Columbus flagged the operation in 2009.

"City code enforcement had cited them for not being in compliance with the zoning of the property," said Southwest Area Commission Chair Stefanie Coe.

The city brought a lawsuit that is still in the courts.  Roof To Road applied to council for a zoning change.  That's been tabled.  So the Southwest Area Commission is holding a meeting for everyone involved.

"So the community can get behind a resolution that can go before council or go back to the judge to try to move this process forward,"  said Coe.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 16 at 7pm at the New Horizon United Methodist Church.

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