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UPDATE: Michele Fiore cleans up unwanted debris pile free of charge

Posted at 11:43 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 21:20:07-04

UPDATE MAY 17: A Las Vegas woman got results Wednesday after unexpectedly finding a huge pile of debris in her yard several weeks ago.

13 Action News aired the story of Lisa Sperling Monday, and local politician Michele Fiore saw it. She decided to get her team to help.

Sperling discovered the yard waste at the top of her driveway near Durango Drive and Iron Mountain Road after an April windstorm.

Clark County wouldn't help clear it because it was on her private property, and it would've cost hundreds of dollars to have a company do it.

Fiore called Tommy White with Laborer's Union Local 872 who lent manpower and equipment. She also obtained a dumpster from Western Elite.

It was all free of charge to Sperling.

"We actually have this issue happen quite often and people don't know it," Fiore said.

It took about 30 minutes to get rid of the pile that Sperling realized was a fire risk when she saw lower layers of the debris smoldering.

"This isn't even dumping in the driveway," White said. "This is dumping in front of your house. So this is really uncalled for. This shouldn't be happening within our Ward Six."

White says the pieces of wood taken from the pile will be used in a wood-burning oven to make pizza.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A woman is getting frustrated after someone dumped a pile of yard waste in her driveway.

"I just don't know what to do with it," Lisa Riley said.
Riley says the pile that is about four feet tall and six feet around was dumped in her driveway near Durango Drive and Iron Mountain Road the day after an April windstorm.
"It was probably the most convenient dump they could make, but in broad daylight.  While I was at school," Riley said.
Now, about a month later, Riley says she has called several companies and says most told here they don't have equipment to dump a load that large.
She said she was also told it would cost hundreds of dollars to remove the pile.
"I just thought to myself, how selfish and self centered for somebody to put their problem on somebody else," Riley said.
Because the pile is on private property, there isn't much the county can do to help.
Riley says she understands but doesn't know where else to turn with temperatures rising and the lower layers of the pile starting to smolder.
"They stick their hand in there and say, ohh that's hot," Riley said of recent visitors to her house.
The school teacher knows she will likely have to make a decision in the coming days, she just hopes it will not make too big of a dent in her bank account.
"It makes our house and our neighborhood look trashy."