YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A large pile of garbage along a street in Youngstown was cleared away Wednesday after neighbors came forward to complain about the mess, getting local leaders involved.
Mahoning County Land Bank Executive Director Debora Flora went to the house early Wednesday morning to wait for the contractor to come and clean up the mess his workers left behind.
“I want to apologize and have already apologized to some of the neighbors here. No one should have been subjected to this. I’m here today to make sure the situation is cleaned up,” she said.
Flora said she called the contractor immediately and would not leave E. Dewey Avenue until the mess was cleaned up.
“The contractor is coming back in order to haul off the debris and dispose of it properly. At some point, I need to talk to the contractor and the staff as well. Obviously, we had a communication breakdown here,” she said.
The land bank has torn down more than 1,000 homes and has never had this happen before. Flora said she’ll make sure it’s the last time it ever happens.
The city councilwoman for this ward said she’s grateful for how quickly the land bank addressed this situation.
“This is not representative of the type of work the land bank does. I believe this was an isolated incident and I’m very pleased with how fast they were able to address it,” said 7th Ward Councilwoman Basia Adamczak.
Dumping has been a big problem in the city, one council has been fighting for years.
“Perhaps people will be more mindful and understand the city will not put up with this sort of thing,” Adamczak said.
The E. Dewey Avenue house is scheduled to be torn down on Monday.