Trash problem in Saginaw concerns Spaulding Twp. man
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
SPAULDING TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
Christopher Robinson's backyard was once his sanctuary, but he is afraid that sanctuary is gone forever.
"Just looks like a dump out here and that's where I would go to look out my windows right there," said Robinson.
His shades are closed because he said he can't stomach looking at the empty boxes and bags of trash that show up daily. He blames the construction company that built the new low-income houses that aren't far from his home.
"This comes from when they were doing construction here, and look at what they did with this, just tossed it here as a dumping ground," said Robinson.
He said the new tenants who live in the recently built houses share the blame.
"They just go out their back doors and dump their trash out here, and this is my backyard," said Robinson. "I've been cleaning up my backyard literally every day since April."
Robinson said the property that backs up to his used to be a place where he and his grandson would go out and catch frogs. Now, he said he is scared to go back there because he's not sure what he's going to find. Just ask him the grossest thing he's found.
"A soiled diaper with feces in it," Robinson explained.
He said he's getting the run-around when he tries to get to the bottom of the problem. Part of the problem is his house is in Spaulding Township. The new development is in the city of Saginaw. He says he has reached out to both the township and the city and he claims neither one will step up to fix the problem.
"I'm at wit's end, I'm at wit's end at every angle," said Robinson.
But as he continues to pick up the trash, he said he's going to continue fighting for some resolve.
TV5 spoke with a few Saginaw City Council members and City Manager Darnell Earley before their meeting Monday night.
Nobody was aware of this situation but they did offer a few tips for Robinson. They said he can file a formal complaint at City Hall and said he should take pictures of the trash in his yard to document the problem.
The council members told TV5 that by doing these two things, an inspector can come take a look at the property and take action.
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