“It’s state law. We can’t just go on there and do whatever we want,” said Sanchez.
Channel 4 asked him if there was something he could do as a County Commissioner.
“All I can do is talk to the property owner and get his okay to do that,” answered Sanchez.
We asked if he would do that and Sanchez said, “I sure will. It’s a growing problem and it’s all over.”
Sanchez says county records indicate Jefferson-Smurfit, a paper product company, owns that property. It turns out another company, RockTenn -- with headquarters in Norcoss, Ga. -- now owns Jefferson-Smurfit.
Thursday night -- more than a day after Channel 4's inquiry -- RockTenn sent this email reply:
"It does appear this is a parcel that was acquired by RockTenn in the May 2011 acquisition. We are working to confirm ownership. We did not own the property three years ago so are still in the process of verifying information about the accident you mention. If RockTenn determines the property is ours, we will have our forestry team inspect the property and take actions deemed appropriate to ensure safety issues are addressed."
Channel 4 will follow up on the company's findings and actions and report any developments.
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