Cleveland residents in the East Side neighborhood are fed up with unsightly illegal landfills


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Trash issues in the form of illegal dumping are having residents of Cleveland’s Central Ward demanding action from Ward 5 officials.

Owner LaRhon Wheeler told the 19 News Troubleshooter she’s not just talking about trash, she’s frustrated after taking her fight against illegal dumping to City Hall: ‘It’s not fair to us that we had to live like this. I’ve been trying to pick up all this trash for four weeks.

Clarkwood Avenue is littered with old broken toilets, a kiddie pool, empty beer containers and trash bags full of building materials.

An unsightly view for owners of East 68th Street who have to take the nearby road out of their housing estate.

“It’s not fair for us as residents of Ward 5 to have to live like this, and the people who bring this stuff here need to be held accountable,” Wheeler said.

Cleveland Councilman Richard Starr showed up to meet with concerned neighbors after a call from 19 News. We wanted answers on how and when the long-standing problem of illegal landfills would be solved.

“Public Works sent a staff member, which is absolutely not enough,” Starr said. “So what we’re going to do is take it a step further to make sure the issue is resolved immediately. Also, April 23rd is Earth Day weekend and we’re going to be holding a cleanup of the whole community of Ward 5.”

But there’s another concern – bright orange signs posted in the area threatening a fine of up to $25,000 for dumping and security cameras in the area that may not capture the bedbugs in the act.

Carmen Gambino has just purchased land in Clarkwood for a business venture and tells 19 News that he called the city to alert them to his concerns that taxpayer-funded street cameras weren’t working.

“If you just look at the panel and right next to the panel is the power box.” said Gambino. “It feeds the camera and there is no measuring head on it. The camera is obviously not powered. So it obviously doesn’t work, so they don’t enforce it.

No meter and no working camera equals a threat of a fine for illegal dumping that has no teeth, according to these easterners.

They say it is unacceptable.

Councilman Starr promises to look into the camera problem, while residents ask the city to clean up.

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