A growing pile of garbage had residents and business owners saying something stinks about trash collection in an old market alley. So they contacted our Mike McKnight to dig out answers for a Fact Finders investigation.
A smelly heap of garbage in the alley behind his studio forced artist Tom Harnack to cancel pottery class last night. Tom, who owns Clay Works says, " it just smells like a garbage dump on the inside of my shop. Its unhealthy for the people, they don't want to be breathing that stuff."
One dumpster is the only waste disposal for several apartments and a couple of food and drinks establishments. The dumpster got emptied this morning but neighbors say days late and the weekend overflow got left behind in alley.
Landmark group took over the building on Jackson Street several months ago. But Landmark's Dave Paladino says garbage bills kept going to the former landlord and didn't get paid so trash collection stopped. Dave Paladino says," It’s a miscommunication and something that would never happen again. It’s just a one time thing and we're sensitive to the fact there's trash and it stinks. "
We’re very sensitive to the trash piling up in the heat of summer."
Landmark's maintenance crew did the dirty work picking up bags of rotting food and garbage. The supervisor assures neighbors the picturesque alley used by photographers won't have a trashy backdrop again.