Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management (PBRM) Patrick Sullivan, Deputy Director of Parks Peter Krupczak, Park Environmental Specialist, and Captain David Martin and Sgt. Richard Pelchar held a press conference in Forest Park today to highlight the City of Springfield’s ongoing efforts to identify and curb illegal dumping throughout the city.
PBRM has continued to maintain security cameras at multiple sites throughout the city that are used often for illegal dumping activity. The following people have been caught illegally dumping as part of this effort Since March of 2021 and were cited by the Springfield Police Department:
- 3/16/2021 at 1:30 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Shamika N. Turner of 49 Moxon Street, Springfield, MA
- 4/19/2021 at 11:56 am & 2:18 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Grace Cumba of 84 Gresham Street, Springfield, MA
- 4/20/21 at 3:30 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Oussama Awkal of 4 Tall Timber Drive, Wilbraham, MA
- 5/15/2021 at 2:34 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Nichele Martinez of 886 Carew Street, Springfield, MA
- 5/24/2021 at 4:46 am – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v German Hernandez Morales of 515 Union Street, Springfield, MA/6614 West Davista Ave, Henrico, VA
- 6/19/2021 at 6:23 pm, 6/20/2021 at 10:45 am, 6/25/2021 at 1:51 pm & 7/8/2021 at 2:25 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Martin Fernandez III of 1047 Pleasant Street Palmer, MA. Received a $1,200 fine for all illegal dumping
- 6/22/2021 at 3:17 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Joshua Golden Johnson of 7 Park View Terrace, Holyoke, MA
- 7/24/2021 at 4:50 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Nelson Melendez of 420 Nottingham Street, Springfield, MA (Photo not included).
- 7/28/2021 at 11:30 am – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Melvin Guzman of 17 Moore Street, Springfield, MA
- 8/29/2021 at 3:28 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Joshua L. Inosbroza of 156 Main Street, Indian Orchard, MA
- 9/24/2021 at 7:30 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Tammy Brown of 118 Colton Street, Springfield, MA
- 10/11/2021 at 10:52 am – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Bob Schmidt Lawn Care LLC of 53 Rosella Street, Springfield, MA
- 10/17/2021 at 10:58 am – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Burnette Wiseman-Grace of 179 Downing Street, New Haven, CT
- 12/7/2021 at 12:05 pm, 1:39 pm, and 2:46 pm – Issued citation to registered owner of m/v Miguel Santana of 260 Franklin Street, Springfield, MA
In addition, security cameras spotted an individual who was routinely dumping items without using a vehicle. On July 15, 2021 the individual found the camera and vandalized it. The Springfield Parks and Police Departments are seeking the public’s help to identify this individual.
- 6/17/2021 at 9:24 pm & 6/20/21 at 11:34 am, 2:27 pm, 9:37 pm and 9:51 pm, 6/24/2021 at 11:31 am, 6/26/2021 at 6:43 am, 6/27/2021 at 1:31 am, 7/4/2021 at 3:51 pm and 3:53 pm, 7/5/2021 at 10:23 am, 7/7/2021 at 5:25 am, 7/11/2021 at 2:12 pm, 7/14/2021 at 9:34 pm, 7/15/2021 at 11:22 am. Camera was spotted and vandalized on 7/15/2021 at 12:44 pm. Springfield Police are asking for public input to help identify this individual (see photo).
Mayor Sarno stated, “Smile, you are on Springfield’s candid camera. I want to thank and applaud PBRM Director Patrick Sullivan and his team and our brave and dedicated men and women in Blue for their continue efforts in identifying these culprits who feel that it is ok to dump their trash in our parks and throughout our City of Springfield. We are going to remain vigilant to ensure everyone understands illegal dumping will not be tolerated in the City of Springfield and we will go after these individuals to the full extent of the law.”
PBRM Director Patrick Sullivan added, “The Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management is committed to working closely with Springfield Police to eliminate blight caused by illegal dumping activities. I want to thank Adam Anulewicz and the Springfield Police Officers for their outstanding efforts to identify individuals illegally dumping in our city. It is unconscionable that residents and even people from outside the city consider illegal dumping as an option. We will continue to expand the program and at the Mayor’s direction, we will continue to monitor all sites and prosecute offenders. It is time that everyone realizes we have an affordable bulk pickup process and the rules need to be followed.”
“It is sad and makes me angry to see that many of these individuals are Springfield residents,” Mayor Sarno continued. “Shame on them for dumping and treating our beautiful City of Springfield this way. How would they like it if someone dumped items on their front lawn or property? They have no pride or love for our city, well our residents and business community think otherwise. The City of Springfield will be going after them to hold them accountable for their actions. We will continue to expand this operation and now have over 20 cameras being utilized; violators should be aware we will catch up with you, so think twice.”
“This program will remain a priority for my administration and I am committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure all violators are prosecuted. Furthermore, we will consider taking this matter a step further by bringing these violations before our Courts to see if we can get a Court Order to politely and respectfully return these dumped items to their owners. No options are off the table until these individuals understand that dumping in the City of Springfield will not be tolerated,” Mayor Sarno added.