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Goldsboro Residents Complain As Trash Piles Up In Abandoned Lots

Posted October 29, 2003 10:05 a.m. EST

— The sites of a foreclosed bank and an old burned-down school in Goldsboro have become makeshift dumps.

Residents said the trash is piling up so high it is visible from the street and homeowners and is destroying their neighborhoods.

Old furniture, appliances and trash are piling up in the bank lot behind Esther Blue's Goldsboro home.

"It is a pretty nice neighborhood and we are trying to keep it nice," she said.

A few blocks away at the old Virginia Street school, piles of bricks and wood are masked by piles of trash.

Resident Johnny Brown, who is currently renovating his home, calls the view from his front porch an eyesore.

"It kind of makes you wonder if what I'm doing is in vain," he said.

City manager Richard Slozak said the city has contacted the owner of the bank property, who promised to clear the site by the end of the week. The owner of the school site has promised to clear the site for some time, Slozak said.

"It doesn't reflect well on the city nor does it reflect well on the neighborhood," he said.

Slozak said the city's code enforcement officers did not realize how bad either site was until they received a call last week.

"There's no justification for what happened down there and we're going to get it cleaned up," he said.

The property owners have 10 days to clean up or face fines.