Vacant home becomes dumping ground

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Real Estate Agent with M and T property management LLC

People are illegally dumping mattresses, chairs and other junk across the street from Maurine Hewitt's home on Concord in Detroit. And she's tired of looking at it.

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Hewitt has called the city's Ombudsman office several times about the vacant home. It has been open to trespassers since October 2006 and nothing has been done. "It's disgraceful, and just embarrassing to see this on our block. It's bringing down the quality of the neighborhood," Hewitt said.

Darlene Williams with the Ombudsman's office has forwarded the complaint to the Environmental Affairs Department. She last followed up in January. "I have yet to get a response to this but will try again," she said. Williams said it typically takes about 30 days to get a response. But since Detroit switched its bulk trash pickup from monthly to every three months, the staff has been flooded with calls about illegal dumping.

Who's responsible?

For problems with illegal dumping, call the Ombudsman's office at (313) 224-6000 and complaints will be handled by Vincent Nathan, director of environmental affairs.

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Matthew Meli
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How could this happen?
Mar 27, 2007 12:20 PM #1
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Matt Pendleton
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Maybe she should attempt to videotape someone doing the illegal dumping and turn it over to the police or Ombudsman's office. 
Mar 27, 2007 12:51 PM #2
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Matthew Meli
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I sure hope that after all this people will see that Detroit is not all that bad. Join my group @ Detroit on this group seach.

Thanks again all

Matt

Mar 27, 2007 05:25 PM #3
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Stefan Scholl
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It is so very frustrating to see the decline in municipal services offered by the City of Detroit.  If you live in Detroit, it is almost like you better learn to fend for yourself.  I can't forget the 911 operators who kept yelling at the kids who were calling to report that their mother had had a heart attack. 

Mar 27, 2007 08:26 PM #4
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Matthew Meli
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I have not heard of that event. I guess that could happen anywhere. I try to post positive things about Detroit because we all hear about the bad on the news. I think they do a well enough job beating it down. We could all have bad stories about anything. I choose to post things we can change and focus on that. I hope we can make a difference and make Detroit a better place.

Thanks for your feed back.

-Matt

Mar 28, 2007 06:40 PM #5
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