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Myrtle Beach residents upset about piles of dirt placed next to yard

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Brian Douglas said he woke up Monday morning to someone at his door and piles of dirt between his yard and the street.

"All we got was a bang on the door. Not even a knock," Douglas said. "He banged on the door like five times and said I need you to move your car. We're dumping dirt."

The piles of dirt were still visible Wednesday. Some of the piles measured as wide as 18 feet, said Malachi Subbert, who also lives in the house. The piles consist of dirt, grass, roots and chunks of pavement.

"I obviously got upset. You can't really be happy with the fact that people are dumping trash in your yard," Subbert said.

The dirt is intended to help contractors build a sidewalk on 65th Avenue North, but the pieces of pavement shouldn't be included in the piles, said Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach. 

"They put the fill dirt there so that they could use it as they extend the sidewalk," Kruea said. "The chunks of pavement probably shouldn't have been in that mix. That's probably not what we would've expected."

The sidewalk should extend from Kings Highway to Colonial Drive, where the house is located when it's completed. There are also sidewalks being built on 82nd Parkway and Charlotte Street off Highway 15. All three sidewalk projects cost $161,200, Kruea said.

Kruea said the dirt is in the public right-of-way, which can be used for construction or storage of materials, like the dirt. Subbert said he believes some of the dirt is past that line.

"I understand they're trying to build sidewalks and trying to make the community look better, but at the same time, you're trashing part of your community to make the other part of your community look better," Subbert said.

Kruea said people can figure out where their public right-of-way begins by looking for a utility pole. From the utility pole to the street is public property. Property owners are still responsible for maintenance of that area, he said.

Kruea said the dirt should be picked up within a couple of days.

Subbert and Douglas said they wouldn't have been as upset about the dirt being next to the yard to begin with if they had received some kind of warning.

"I think we should've had better info at least," Douglas said. "A letter stating everything that's going on and when it's going to be moved. That would've been courteous at least."

Kruea said the city usually tries to notify people of construction projects in their neighborhoods.

"We don't like to surprise anybody, but every once in a while that happens, but that's not the goal by any means," he said.

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