WICHITA, Kan. — The real Rocky Mountains are few hundred miles west of Wichita. For Brian Hopkins and his wife, they're just on the other side of the backyard.
Since the 1970s, the City of Wichita has used a maintenance yard near I-235 and W 3rd Street N to store asphalt and concrete left over from road projects until the material is reused. Over time some piles grew as high as 36 feet. And it appeared the sky was the limit.
"It's just a real eyesore," said Hopkins "I couldn't believe they could allow it to be this high."
Hopkins never made a formal complaint to the city. He just assumed the city was following the rules. Our FactFinder 12 Investigation revealed that wasn't the case. We learned the city has a conditional use permit for the maintenance yard that dates back to 2002. The document sets a 12 foot height limit on the rock piles. We went to the city for answers.