Former blight properties, now site of illegal dumping - WNEM TV 5

Former blight properties, now site of illegal dumping

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

There is a "crime scene" on the east side of Saginaw where someone illegally dumped yard waste. 

The resident who did so freely admitted to city officials that he trimmed trees around his neatly kept up home and placed the branches on the boulevard next to the street.  The problem is, he can't do that.

Terry Collier, the City of Saginaw’s grade inspector, is pleading with residents to not dump debris on abandoned properties.

"It's going to cost probably $600 of taxpayer money to have this debris removed,” Collier said. “ So I'm asking citizens please, when you see us grading these lots please don't dump anything: no tires, no debris.  Also, please try not to drive over them."

That's because workers have planted Dutch white clover, which is designed to keep large weeds from growing in the lot.

Dealing with dumping situations like this takes away manpower that could be used elsewhere in the city.

“This is using up a police officers’ time, and also my supervisor and myself," Collier said.

If you have yard waste that you need removed, the city can do that for you. 

But here's the warning from the city:  homeowners caught dumping yard waste or other items could receive a $50 citation for the first time it happens.  

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