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City councilman calls on lawmakers to clean up illegal dumping area in Flint

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(04/18/14) - Fed up with illegal dumping, a Flint City Councilman is calling on lawmakers to step up and do something to help clean it up.

Wantwaz Davis is hoping immediate attention is given to Harriet Street, between Albert and Oren.

"I can not tolerate looking at filth like this," he said.

One glance around and you can see there is plenty of reasons to complain. The street is vacant, but there are homes nearby that people live in.

"This is the worst dumping spot in the city of Flint," Davis said. "The biggest concern here is safety, with big holes everywhere where houses used to stand, garbage littered down the street, and even furniture, it's a lot of risk for potential danger. It is a health an safety risk towards the residents in this area, particularly the kids. There are dead dogs in bags in those holes over there, there are Flint Journal newspapers that somebody has dumped."

As a councilman serving Flint's Fifth ward, Davis says he won't stop until this mess is removed and the vacant lots are safe.

"I look at this as a great form of neglect," he said. "The city has to do something about this and the state should intervene and I'm asking for the state to intervene."

He plans to make sure his voice heard by lawmakers in Lansing - and Washington.

"I'm going to take this to Jim Aninach and Dan Kildee. We have to get involved. These are burnt up homes with basements with dead dogs, and these basements need to be taken up and put dirt on them. This garbage over here needs to be removed. I can imagine what's in these other bags," he said.

Davis says crew from the city did come out to clear the trash from the middle of the street, but he isn't sure when they'll come back.

We were unable to speak with anyone from city hall because offices are closed for Good Friday.

Flint's Police Chief says his department will be investigating the area.

Flint Journal editor Marjorie Raymer says workers were sent Friday to help clean up the mess.

Raymer tells ABC 12 they're not sure who dumped the newspapers in the area. An investigation is underway to find out how it happened.

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