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Youngstown Mayor cracks down on illegal dumping

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A new effort is unveiled on Youngstown's east side to get rid of a habitual dumping site.

21 News was there as the root of the problem was torn down.

Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown and his staff walked the east side property on Forest Glen Avenue accessing what needs to be done to a vacant property they've declared a nuisance and a habitual dumping site.

"The illegal dumping has been a priority of mine and it continues to be that.  I think no matter what neighborhood you live in this shouldn't be the norm.  We're sending a message to those who are out there dumping that we will continuously fight against what you're doing.  We want clean neighborhoods no matter where we live.  Just like any other community," Mayor Brown said.

This home vacant for more than five years was immediately demolished following the news conference and the abandoned tires, construction debris and other trash cleaned up.  The City of Youngstown is now partnering with the Community Corrections Association -- a halfway house in Youngstown with a long time reputation of cleaning up and sprucing up portions of Market Street where old buildings have been torn down.

Dave Stillwagon, the Chief Executive Officer with the Community Corrections Association tells 21 News, "We're really looking forward to our continued collaboration in the city to be able to combat the litter."

Jennifer Jones the Program Coordinator for Green Youngstown says, "We don't have a whole lot of time for actual bottles and cans on the sides of the road, especially the corridors which are a major first impression when people come into the city."

The city has also started prosecuting people caught on camera illegally dumping all around town according to Youngstown Law Director Jeff Limbian.

"We already have a couple of people on probation, they have been fined and given community service," Limbian said.

This street will also be permanently blocked off to further deter habitual dumping and the law director warns that repeat offenders will not only be fined but sent to jail possibly for up to six months.

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