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Man wants to clean up his neighborhood on Indianapolis' west side

Posted at 8:52 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 21:25:54-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A man on the west side of Indianapolis wants the area behind his home cleared out and cleaned up, but he can't seem to find out whose job it is.

The city confirms they've been in touch with the resident and they plan to work with him to try to ease more concerns. Malcolm Capps wants to improve the look of his west side neighborhood.

“All the trash washes down on the creek and gets stopped right here,” Capps said.

He's lived in his Westbrook Avenue home for more than a decade and for years he's been working to try to get his concerns addressed.

WRTV reached out to the city about this particular issue they tell us there is a project in the works that could ease his concerns, but it is not quite in the design process yet.

Though drainage issues usually are the responsibility of the property owner, the drainage project could help Capps. Then Capps says there the issue of weeds and trees in the alleyway.

“So much overgrowth it scratches your vehicle,” Capps said.

Capps says he's tired of the overgrown weeds here, but the problem is he can’t figure out whose job it is to clean them up.

“They usually tell me it is somebody else’s job,” Capps said.

According to the city, it is tricky when it comes to determining who is in charge of upkeep in the alleyway, whether it's the city or if the overgrowth is on private property. Capps says he won't give up on improving the appearance of his neighborhood.

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