Neighbors Upset People Illegally Dumping Trash

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Neighbors are upset people are dumping trash in an alley between Kessler and McComas in West Wichita.

"I really don't want my daughter to grow up in a trashy neighborhood and I think that makes the neighborhood look trashy and I just don't like it," said Stephanie Lowe, neighbor.

The overgrown grass in the alley could not hide the mattress, television sets, and bags of trash that were illegally dumped by people.

We asked, "Who is responsible for cleaning the mess left behind by people dumping trash in an alley?"

"It's a primary responsibility of that neighborhood and government has responsibility to help them out as well," said Tom Stolz, director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department.

An alley is not a public thoroughfare, but rather it is a private entity that runs between two houses. Homeowners on either side, take custody of half of the alley and provide trash pick up and mowing.

If Code Enforcement investigators determine that the trash was due to illegal dumping, then Public Works will remove the trash.

"With the way the budgets have gone the last four to five years, there's only a finite number of resources. So, when we take Public Works people off of their primary tasks of doing public works on streets and important work, to do alley clean ups, that's less work on streets," said Stolz.

If you see someone in the process of dumping trash in an alley, then call police.

If the trash is already in the alley, report it to Code Enforcement investigators at 660-1840.

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