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Neighborhood association takes illegal dumping problem into their own hands

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

They create eyesores and they're a dangerous nuisance, but once illegal dumping sites pop up they can be hard to control.

Members of a local neighborhood association are taking matters into their own hands by rolling up their sleeves.

"It's irritating. It's disgusting," said Cassandra Carter-Nettles, Saginaw resident.

Phelon Street, between Park and Ward in Saginaw, looks like a wasteland.

"Tires, pallets, actual garbage bags full of trash, that type of thing," said Bill Schaiberger, Saginaw resident.

For years the ares has been plagued by vacant homes, a haven for crime and a magnet for illegal dumping.

In 2013 a murderer left the body of 22-year-old Michelle Crisp in a vacant building on the block. Those abandoned homes are now gone, but the problem persists.

"If I walk through here I'm always afraid I'll see body parts or something," Schaiberger said.

He said something needs to be done to clean up the eyesore and safety hazard. He and the Cathedral District Neighborhood Association plan to roll up their sleeves and clean up the area.

Schaiberger said once that happens he'd like to see the city consider blocking the road off with concrete barriers to keep the riff-raff out.

"There's no reason to go in there unless you're going to dump trash illegally," Schaiberger said.

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