Posted: Jun 21, 2011 5:55 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jun 21, 2011 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A group of people in North Baton Rouge call the overgrown property in their neighborhood an eyesore and they want it cleaned up.
The house, on Oswego Street near Plank Road, has tall weeds and vines growing all around it. People who live near the house worry the overgrown yard is attracting more than small critters.
"We've had break-ins over there, also they broke in through the back. We're afraid someone may be sleeping over there on and off," Shirley Bourgeios said. She lives across the street from the house, and says the yard has been growing out of control since the homeowner passed away.
Until the Department of Public Works figures out who owns a property, it won't get cleaned up. DPW says the only exception is if the neglected property is a risk to public health or safety.
"When you can't find owners or when there's a lot more things of the property we have to adjust and find resources to make sure we get it cleaned up for the people in that area," David Guillory, Assistant Public Works Director of Maintenance, said.
Litter Court gets more than 50 complains a month about neglected properties, but it only cleans five a month.
"We just started a new division within public works that's going to be dedicated solely to that," Guillory said. Litter Court's goal is to clean up 50 properties every month, starting next month.
To report an overgrown yard or neglected property in your area call 3-1-1 or visit https://brgov.com/apps/crs/.