By Kim Powell
MCCAMEY - Swarming flies and a pungent smell surround a local restaurant in McCamey, and it's all thanks to fecal matter that the owner's claim their neighbor has placed behind their building.
"We noticed the smell just getting worse and worse so he's been throwing more and more," the owner of Elena's Kitchen said. "Last Friday he threw more because that's when we noticed that it was a lot. A lot more."
The restaurant owner wanted to remain anonymous but says after having so many problems with her neighbor, she doesn't know what else to do. She says her neighbor is tossing the dog feces against her building, but if he just walked a few more feet he could throw it away in one of the three dumpsters.
"This stuff--he's doing it on purpose," she said.
As it turns out, her neighbor is allegedly Upton County Commissioner David Mooney, who was under investigation in November after surveillance photos surfaced of him urinating in another precinct's trash cans and office chairs.
However, the dog feces aren't the only problem the two are butting heads about. The owner claims that Mooney moved their grease trap across the street and put up "No Parking" signs outside of his fence so he could park his cars, making customers of her restaurant park down the road.
"We don't know what to do. It's just one thing after another. We have to be putting up with his stuff all the time," the owner said.
When the owners confronted him about the grease trap in a text message, Mooney became defensive, stating that the grease trap smelled bad. He went on to say that he would break their sewer line that runs through his yard.
The owners say the restaurant has been in their family for roughly 13 years and have always had a problem with their neighbor.
"I just want to find somebody that's going to do something about it because it doesn't seem like anybody's doing anything," she said.
The owner has contacted numerous city officials and the police department about the problem. She has also hired a lawyer.
NewsWest 9 tried to get Mooney's side of the story, however he refused to comment. Calls to the County Attorney and the McCamey Police Department have not been returned.