County deems dump clean
The long-running saga of the illegal junkyard in Cismont apparently is over. An Albemarle County release today says Cecil and Doris Gardner's 16-acre property on Campbell Road is no longer in violation of county ordinances. The clean-up of their property began in 2005 following a major conflagration, but the dump had been in operation since the 1970s when the county mistakenly said it was grandfathered. Albemarle took the couple to court for repeatedly missing deadlines, and in June, the Gardners were fined $200. However, they continued their clean-up and October 17, the county judged the property abated.