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Residents outraged over lingering trash

Neighbors say the piles of trash are out of control and are literally taking over the streets. We highlight what residents are calling a growing problem.
Neighbors say the piles of trash are out of control and are literally taking over the streets. We highlight what residents are calling a growing problem.

Most of the piles span from Ventura to Los Angeles Street in Southwest Fresno.

"You're entrapped in your own house," said one resident, Jeff Tapscott, who lives just feet from the trash.
 
Tapscott has lived in the same house in Southwest Fresno for more than 40 years.
He said over the past five years, mounds of trash have moved closer and closer to his door and along with the stench that comes with it.
 
"You don't want to open your windows, you wanna just run to your car and leave if you're leaving," said Tapscott.
 
Tapscott says it's a health hazard to everyone in the area.  The trash even takes up an entire right lane of the road making it tough for drivers exiting the freeway.
 
Just to give you an idea of some of the items found in the piles, there are used needles, dirty diapers, and shoes. People in the area don't believe it's right.

"Rubbish.  Not anyone's personal property and that is the excuse the city wishes to stand behind being fearful of a lawsuit for taking somebody's property," said Bob Mitchell of The Golden Westside Planning Committee. He's also a former Fresno police officer.

The committee has  been fighting the trash piles since last year. They said they've reached out to city leaders, but no response.
They said the city told them it would take 30 days after notification before any action could be taken to begin trash removal -that was on march 14th, well over a month ago.
They said the city has cleaned up a little in the past, but not very well.

"When you talk about cleaning up, it is taking it and brushing it to the side and piling it up," said Debbie Darden, Chairman of Golden Westside Planning Committee.
 
Representatives from the city of Fresno were tied up in meetings and not able to appear on camera.
They said they're aware of the problem and have placed dumpsters near various homeless camps after being contacted by concerned residents. 
The Mayor is expected to announce a plan within the next four to five weeks to help the people living in the homeless camps find permanent housing.





 

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