Illegal dumping in Slavic Village has residents feeling helpless

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Residents in the Slavic Village neighborhood are fed up with illegal dumping.

Homeowners say they’re tired of having to live next to an eyesore.

“It’s terrible. These people don’t care around here anymore,” Chris Peters said. “It’s a shame."

The backyard of a vacant Hosmer Ave. home has served as an illegal dumping ground for years now. You can see anything there from trash, broken furniture and everything between.

“There’s nothing we can do about it. We’ve called congressmen and we’ve called everyone," Trudy Williams said. “They said this house was about to be torn down anyway, so no one would touch it after that.”

Williams has been living next door for nearly two decades, but said the past few years have been quite trashy.

"I'm afraid my dog's are gonna go outside and we're gonna have something thrown over my fence and the dog's gonna eat it and get sick," said Williams.

People in the community told Cleveland 19 once upon a time the area was nice, but has gone downhill over the years.

"This area was totally clean years ago. It's nasty," said Peters.

Williams however is still contacting city leaders - adamant for a change, before the property value reaches a point of no return.

"We're doing our part. But still, our house and worth much with something like that next to it," concluded Williams.

You can face serious consequences if caught in the act of illegal dumping. If convicted a person can face between two to four years in prison or pay a fine up to $25,000.

Cleveland 19 reached out to city councilman Anthony Brancatelli to see what exactly’s being done about the dumping issue. Unfortunately at the time of this article’s publication, no one from Brancatelli’s office has returned our calls.

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