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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Jun 20

Negative Impacts of Used Tires- What the City is Doing to Help

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 8:57 AM by Latoya Jefferson

As a part of the City's Community Maintenance efforts, a special committee was formed specifically for conducting inspections of all used tire installation facilities, educating businesses and property owners on storage and disposal of tires and asking for compliance. The committee consists of inspectors from Codes Compliance, Fire, Public Works and the Police Departments.
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In May the Committee inspected 25 used tire installation facilities throughout the City of Newport News. As a result of these inspections, several property owners were sent Notice of Violation letters. Re-inspections will be conducted in 30 days.

Business compliance to the letter is important because tires stored outside negatively impact the City, not just visually but also creating hazards to humans due to the accumulation of rainwater which can lead to mosquitoes. Additionally, an excessive number or improper storage of tires in and around business is a fire hazard in violation of the Fire Code and illegal disposal of tires creates trash and debris on properties that either the property owner or the City have to incur the expense for removal. The Inspections conducted by this committee will improve safety for the businesses, the public and the overall appearance in Newport News.