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Roosevelt Park woman says neighbor’s trash is an eyesore

Posted at 10:15 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 22:15:43-04

ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich. -- Barbara Slack of Roosevelt Park called the FOX 17 Problem Solvers, trying to get something done about the eyesore in her neighborhood. She says the home across the street from hers on Post Road has piles of junk and trash. The city is aware of it, Slack says, but nothing has moved for months.

FOX 17 News confirmed with City Manager Anthony Chandler that the trash and rusting structures are a code violation.

Slack says it has been a problem for months now. She has gone through the proper channels to make a complaint, and she contacted the city manager about two months ago.

“We are told that it is a work in progress, and we need to be patient,” said Slack.

Chandler says that progress has been made, and the city will work with the family to get the yard cleaned up as long as they show progress.

“I don’t think anyone would like it [the trash] across the street from them,” said Slack.

Slack has been documenting the property, taking pictures since July, and while she admits there’s progress, she says it’s not enough. She hasn’t seen any work done for the last 30 days, she said, but while FOX 17 was there on Tuesday afternoon, vehicles from Tokarezyk Services showed up.

The people in the vehicles have a connection to the property that they did not want to disclose. They said they were working on getting the property cleaned up, and they have made progress. They said they inherited the home from a relative who has passed, so they are trying to get all the belongings cleaned out.

They said Slack is being impatient, and that this isn’t the first complaint she has made against neighbors.

“If it was my yard, I would have had to clean it up months ago,” said Slack. "If it was anyone else’s yard that I know, they would have been told by the city to clean it up. This is unacceptable. There are ordinances, there are rules, and if we all have to abide by them then I think everyone should."