Garbage continues to be a problem for Ypsilanti DDA

February 3, 2009 by  
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Garbage is piled nearly six feet high and hasn’t been emptied for weeks in dumpster enclosures owned and built by the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority. Residents and business owners have complained for over three years about chronic problems with trash at the DDA constructed garbage dumpsters.

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Ypsilanti DDA Director Brian Vosburg was hired in June 2006. During his interview, Vosburg said, “Solving the problems with the garbage dumpsters would be his highest priority.” Some two and half years later, the dumpsters are worse now than any time previously.

The DDA built three dumpster enclosures as part of a $1 million street scape improvement.

However, the DDA never had a plan to empty the dumpsters. After business owners complained in 2007, the DDA agreed to pay for a contract to empty the dumpsters with Waste Management.

While the dumpsters are emptied on a weekly basis, trash is often left next to over filled dumpsters and Waste Management drivers will not pickup the trash outside the dumpsters.

The DDA purchased locks to keep the large dumpster doors locked, but the locks are either cut off, left hanging, or Waste Management drivers will not close the doors after emptying the dumpsters.

YpsiNews called DDA Director Brian Vosburg numerous times asking for comment on this story. Vosburg did not return our calls.