PA seeks $178,040 for unpaid garbage bill

David Yates Apr. 24, 2007, 12:00pm

After several cities in the U.S. rejected the incineration of neutralized nerve gas in their communities, the city of Port Arthur has been making local headlines for allowing the process there as a way to bring revenue to the city.

But while that may be a case of turning one man's garbage into a city's treasured monetary income, it doesn't mean the city wants to become every man's dumping ground.

The city of Port Arthur is suing Juan DeAnda (doing business as Arrow Waste) for dumping his trash in the city's landfill and refusing to pay the $178,040 bill for services provided.

Rebecca Underhill, Port Arthur's director of finance, filed the lawsuit on April 23, with the Jefferson County District Court.

The city's suit says DeAnda, a Houstonian, submitted an application for landfill services on April 2, 2006. The city itemized DeAnda's trash and sent him a bill. Eight months later, the bill remained unpaid, so the city made a written demand for payment but heard no response.

"The city of Port Arthur requests that the defendant be cited to appear and answer, and that at final hearing, plaintiff has judgment against the defendant in the principal sum of $178,040, plus pre-trial and accrued interests and court costs," the suit said.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B179-154.

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