Overgrown Shrubbery Concerns Residents in Bellevue Neighborhood
A roadway that some people say has been ignored by the city of Macon is leaving neighbors in one Bellevue neighborhood upset.
Peters Street in Macon hasn’t been kept up in years according to residents on Case Street.
“The city cleaned this lot up one time since I've been here, that'd be about fifty years ago," ninety year old Emma Shivers said.
Shivers has been living on Case Street for the last seventy-five years. She built her house back in the sixties. When deciding which way to face her home, the contractor asked her an important question.
"He said do you want to face Peters Street or you want to face Case Street and I said no Lordy, you face me Case Street because Peters Street may not ever be cut," she said.
According to NewsCentral’s media partner, The Telegraph, a spokesperson for the city says Peters Street was one of many streets in the Bellevue neighborhood platted but never built by a developer.
Now the overgrown road is considered a "paper street.” People can look at it on a map but can't drive on it. The city doesn't maintain the street either which means can lead to pest problems.
"You have rats and roaches on that property and that's directly adjacent to a property being kept and where people live," President of Bellevue Concerned Citizen Organization Merritt Johnson Jr. said.
Shivers’s granddaughter, Jonee Taylor found one of the pests lurking in the yard one evening. .
“I came home one night and there was a snake in the yard,” she said. “So she (Vivian Taylor) went to call the city to try and find someone to clean it and she couldn't."
Taylor's mom, Vivian Taylor called the boy scouts and made a deal with two of them. For clearing out the debris and shrubbery Taylor agreed to help them financially to attend summer camp. The boy scouts cleared the plot but now Taylor wants to know why city officials won't clear the overgrowth.
"Why they won't come clean it? I mean, I just don't understand why my mom would have to pay out of pocket for someone to clean it."
After the boy scouts were done, they placed all the debris and shrubbery that they cut down or found in the plot on the side of the road. Shivers and her family are hoping that the City of Macon will haul the debris away so this will no longer be one of their concerns.
Shivers says she's asked the city if they'll sell the property to her, but so far received no response.