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'It's the forgotten land' One local shares his concerns for trashed property near his home

A local family reached out to News 10 after they felt like their concerns weren't being heard.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 7:07 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 10:26 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- A local family reached out to News 10 last week after they felt like their concerns weren't being heard.

According to the Parkers, railroad areas surrounding first street and Helen have been the local dumping ground for years.

Gene Parker and his wife Sheree take pride in their home and yard but the area surrounding the home has been a constant problem.

"I like to keep the city looking nice just like everybody else I hope does but evidently people don't care," said Parker.

He feels neighbors could care less about the situation because of the continuous mess.

"There was a couch, chairs, and trash thrown everywhere. I have cleaned that area up before, I'm not gonna do it anymore I can't do it anymore," Parker told us.

For several years Parker took the issue upon himself and cleaned up as much as he could. 

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2010 which causes him to rarely leave the house.

News 10 called the office of Mayor Duke Bennett to investigate the situation further.

They told us directly  "the site was on our list for clean-up and is being cleaned up Thursday." 

The area was completely cleared by the time we arrived but there was still pieces of railroad, trash, and branches along the tracks. 

Parker and his wife hope that the tracks remain clean so that the issue does not reoccur. 

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