KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Inside Net's House of Splendor beauty salon, owner Genetter Bradley stays busy.
When she is not styling hair for her customers, she is running a daycare next door. Bradley has been a fixture in the neighborhood at 63rd and Troost for decades.
"Almost 40 years, and I'm just 41,” Bradley said with a laugh.
The building next door to her businesses sits vacant. Trash, wood and weeds have accumulated by the back door over time. The debris has attracted new neighbors to greet parents as they drop off kids at the daycare early in the morning.
"I just don't want them to have to come in and have to be running from the little critters," Bradley said.
That's right -- critters. One morning at the crack of dawn, our camera spotted an opossum rummaging through the weeds and debris.
"Someone needs to do something," Bradley said.
Bradley contacted the city. She watched as city crews came out to clean up the back alley area. They did not clean up the trash next door, saying that was the responsibility of the property owner. She contacted Call For Action next.
"I know that when you're on it, they take care of it," Bradley said.
Through county records, Call For Action found the owner of the vacant building and spoke to a family member who said they did not know about the debris or the critters. Within days, the owner's family had a crew out removing most of the mess.
"I'm ecstatic. I’m more than happy," Bradley exclaimed. “Thank you so very much. God bless you!"
If you are having problems with an eyesore next door, your best course of action is to contact your neighborhood preservation or code enforcement offices. In Kansas City, residents can report problems by calling the 311 action line.
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