Man upset after city fixes sink hole, leaves street torn up - WNEM TV 5

Man upset after city fixes sink hole, leaves street torn up

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan resident is upset after he said the city left his lawn and driveway in shambles.

"I had no access to my house for two months. This was all filled with dirt in the front," Jamelle Schlytter said.

He said his front lawn and driveway have been in shambles since March.

"There was a sink hole out here when I came home from Fenton. I was told 20 feet deep and I'd say probably 30 feet wide. It took out the end of my driveway, the end of the next door neighbor's drive and part of the road. You can see where the blacktop is missing out there," Schlytter said.

He said city crews filled the sink hole, which was caused by pipes. Schlytter said when the crews fixed the hole they didn't fix the street or the driveway. Instead, they left behind a mess of gravel and crumbling roads.

"I feel like they really don't care. You call down there, nothing gets done. You know you try to be nice, calls to the mayor. You don't get calls returned," he said.

Schlytter said he recently found out the street hasn't been repaired because the pipes were put in wrong and need to be fixed again.

"They put new pipes in, but angles it the wrong way. They should've just done it right in the first place three or four years ago. They knew there was a problem with sewers," he said.

Schlytter is hoping the city will step up and fix the neighborhood eyesore.

"This used to be a nice neighborhood. Look around now, it looks like white trash," he said.

TV5 reached out to the city of Burton, but it was after business hours. We will follow up with them to get their side of the story.

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