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The yard at 44 Garfield Place in East Toledo looked like a wild nature preserve without the charm.

It had grown into unwanted, uncontrolled jungle that attracted trouble.

Deb Pesina lives nearby.  She said the overgrowth attracted “the rats, the mice, the possums and raccoons, you name it.  Everything is in here and we don’t want one of these kids getting hurt.”

Squatters stay here. Gangs hang out.  Trash gets dumped here.

Neighbors have complained to the city, 16 times in 14 months

“This is evidence of a broken system.”

Councilman Mike Craig (D) is fed up.  He says a city crew was here Monday but did nothing.

Craig says they didn’t stay long.  “They said, we don’t have the equipment to cut this and then left.’

And they haven’t been back.

Tammy Vroman says she knows why.   “east side don’t vote is what we’ve been told,” she says.

An out of state mortgage company owns the property and has neglected its care.  That leaves it to city taxpayers to foot the bill for city crews to do the work.

But do you have to vote to get a basic city service?

Should the problem get so bad it doesn’t get fixed until you can’t see the top of your head?

Ralyn Mattoni says her street shouldn’t be treated any different from another street.  “Now, if one of our yards looked like this,” she says, “we’d be getting a ticket from the city.  So how come the city can’t take care of their own problems?

13abc reporter Bill Hormann showed our video of this problem to Toledo’s inspections director.

Chris Zervos says he didn’t know *this lot*… was *this bad*.

“Shouldn’t somebody down the line have know about this?” we asked.
“Yes, I have subordinate managers,” Zervos responded.
“Are they doing their job?” 13 abc wanted to know.
“Generally, they are, but obviously something like this slipped by.”

Slipped by for 14 months but the people along Garfield Place are *not* letting this issue go.

Deb Pesina says “We just want this mess cleaned up.  It’s disgusting, I’m sick of it the whole neighborhood’s sick of it.”

That interview was done at 11:30am.  By 1pm, director Zervos called 13abc and said the property at 44 Garfield Place had been cut and cleaned up.

But the issue of blight on Toledo streets and in city neighborhoods continues.  Residents on Garfield Place say it is a shame it took more than a year and more than a dozen complaints to get this site cleaned up.

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