Bitter about litter: Petersburg residents in uproar over trash on mayor’s street

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PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC) – For nearly a week, a pile of junk is what people saw driving along Lafayette Street.

“It was quite the eye sore,” area resident Beverley Coleman told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams. “You couldn’t miss it. It looked terrible. It did.”

The garbage and debris were located between Mayor Howard Myers’ home and his next door neighbor.

“It was spreading all over the sidewalk not quite into the street,” Coleman added.

On July 26th, the city’s Public Works Department issued a citation to both the mayor and the owner of the adjacent property. The citation ordered a cleanup within five days.

“Unfortunately, we don’t always know who it belongs to, but our process is to cite one or two properties adjacent to the right of way in hopes to contact or determine who placed the debris,”  explained Interim Public Works Utility Director Daniel Harrison.

Harrison says the citation was effective. Someone has since cleaned up the pile.

“Last evening about seven or so I guess a white pickup truck came along,” Coleman said. “It did not have a city emblem on it and picked up quite a bit of things.”

Both Mayor Myers and his neighbor weren’t  available to comment.

Neighbors and utility workers say they’re just happy the mess is put to rest. Daniel Harrison.

“We do have a program that if debris piles up to a certain size then you can have it picked up by a company for free,” Daniel Harrison said. “It was a lot of stuff and this isn’t first time it has happened.”Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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