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Neighborhood pleads for city to fix illegal dumping problem

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 23:52:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Illegal dumping remains an ongoing problem in Kansas City, Missouri.

There have been strong efforts to fix it, including the placement of 22 cameras at 17 known illegal dumping sites, a new dumping hotline and more than $50,000 in citations last year.

None of those measures seems to be making a difference at East 27th Street and Van Brunt Boulevard.

Brian Vaughan lives in the neighborhood and is disgusted by the dumping.

"You wouldn't even let your kids outside to play," he told 41 Action News, "and that's what they got to play around."

[GALLERY: Illegal dumping near 27th Street, Van Brunt]

The city is in the midst of an initiative to bring more people back to live in the Key Coalition neighborhood roughly 30 blocks to the west.

"We need to strengthen the neighborhoods," KCMO Director of Neighborhood and Housing Services John Wood said. "In other words, by strengthen the neighborhoods, means we've got to repopulate the area. We've got to do a better job of dealing with illegal dumping and clean up."

People like Vaughan hope the city's efforts in other neighborhoods eventually will extend to their community as well.

"When I go to work every day, this is what I've got to look at," Vaughan said. "When I step out of my house, this is what I've got to look at. It's an eyesore."