FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A big and long pile of trash is upsetting neighbors in one neighborhood, who all hope the eye sore is gone sooner, rather than later.
Neighbors in Avalon Place, located off of Lower Huntington Road said the homeowner began piling up the junk Sunday night and it’s been outside ever since.
“Look at all this, is this natural? No it’s not,” said Linda Meredith, who stopped at the pile Wednesday evening.
NewsChannel 15 spoke with the homeowner, who NewsChannel 15 has chosen not to identify at this time, who said he just sold the home and put all the trash out for it to be collected Friday – during the neighborhood’s normal pick-up.
The homeowner said he talked to 311 and City Utilities and was under the impression the trash would still get picked up.
However, a City Utilities spokesperson said the office had received multiple complaints and the office has cited the homeowner.
City code states the homeowner has seven days to bundle up the trash properly so it can be picked up, or the homeowner can face a fine.
“We’re all embarrassed by it, none of us like it and getting rid of it is the thing to do,” said Chris Vance, who lives in the neighborhood. “People are rummaging through it. It’s bad for the whole neighborhood.”
The homeowner told NewsChannel 15 early Wednesday afternoon that he had no intention of upsetting the neighborhood.
Later that evening, he went over to his home to check out the situation and said he didn’t realize how much the trash had been rummaged through. The homeowner was seen re-bundling everything and said he hoped he wouldn’t have to do it again before Friday morning’s trash pick-up.
The City Utilities spokesperson wanted to remind residents that anytime someone notices someone placed trashed on another person’s property it should be reported to 311. If someone catches someone illegally dumping trash in the act, residents are encouraged to report it to police immediately or call 911.