Residents want trash removed from nearby property

June 3, 2010 3:31:11 PM PDT
Trash piled up in a driveway. A dirty pool where a child could fall in. That's what some folks in one southeast Houston neighborhood say they've been living with for a while now. From old dressers torn apart to bags full of garbage, the driveway of the house on Sageburrow Drive near Hughes looks more like a dump to neighbors. It's an awful site that Sandra Halligan has been staring at for months.

"It's sickening. It's just sickening," said Halligan.

Halligan says she's called the city numerous times to complain, not just about the unsightliness but the danger.

"I have no idea what's in those bags," Halligan said.

Even worse, she says is the unprotected pool in the backyard of the home.

"A kid is going to walk through that back, fall in that pool and drown, and not be found for months," she said.

The city's Neighborhood Protection Corps is aware of the property. In fact, they started an investigation on May 5, citing the owner for the trash in the driveway.

However, the agency told us Thursday they were unaware of the pool situation and promised to get someone out quickly to re-inspect the property.

"Especially when it's instances where children can drown or get into the pool. When we know details like that, we make it a point to make inspections immediately," said Denise Thomas of the Neighborhood Protection Corps.

In addition, the city has ordered the owner to clean up the trash by June 11 or potentially face a lien on the property. For Halligan and her neighbors, it's an action long overdue.

"It's about time somebody takes care of it," said Reinaldo Egusquiza.

The property is registered to an owner we tried to contact. We stopped by an address associated with that owner, but no one answered the door.


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