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Quincy 1st Ward residents voice concerns over messy neighborhoods

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

How would you feel if your neighborhood was littered with old mattresses, sofa cushions, and tires?

Well, that's exactly what residents in one Quincy neighborhood say they're tired of dealing with and they want it cleaned up.

Residents say they're frustrated because things like trash in the middle of the street and junk in yards aren't being dealt with by the city even though they keep complaining.

"There's couches there's chairs, there's metal chairs, there's metal tables, there's just an ungodly amount of stuff," said Jackie Dill.

Those are just a few of the things Jackie Dill says she sees abandoned in her neighborhood.

Dill lives in Quincy's first ward where sites like this trash bag in the middle of the street, and this old mattress in a yard aren't uncommon.

Patricia Cobb says she's seen cars swerve to avoid debris, and worries it's become a safety concern.

"The neighbors and us try to keep everything picked up and out of the streets to keep it safe for everybody else," said Cobb.

Another problem-- numerous abandoned houses in the area.

"I don't think there's too much hope for some of them I think they just need to be torn down, there's nothing left it's just a shell, an eyesore," said Cobb.

First Ward Alderman Virgil Goehl says he's working hard to combat the problem, but he says sometimes his hands are tied.

"We turn it in to the city officials to take care of it and it's up to the ordinances they have to go by to get these things corrected and sometimes it takes quite a while to do that," said Goehl.

But Goehl does have a solution in mind.

"Look at the ordinances and get them changed to fit the issue, that's the big problem," said Goehl.

And it's a problem residents want solved, soon.

"Quincy is a good town it's supposed to be the 'Gem City' let's start making it look like the 'Gem City," said Dill.

We did reach out to the Mayor's office today, but our calls were not returned.

 

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