Trash finally removed from empty house in Lansing

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Stacks of garbage were drawing rats for more than a year on Maple Avenue, and neighbors had tried repeatedly to get someone to act.

They said the story covered on wtrf.com on May 14 has apparently led to a good resolution.

The property has been cleaned up.

They said the bank that holds the mortgage sent three people on Saturday who cleaned out all the trash.

After a year of leaving messages and pleading their case, the neighbors say someone finally listened.

They said the workers cleaned for hours. Now there are empty spaces where mountains of trash used to be.

“Under the deck, around the shed, on the back porch, it’s all gone,” said Debbie Sansone, a resident of Maple Avenue. “And I want to thank WTRF for doing that interview three weeks ago and I also want to thank Mike Bianconi for the hard work and phone calls that he made.”

“Quite a few phone calls,” said Bianconi, a Pease Township trustee. “You get a lot of red tape. And we sent pictures down to a lady in Texas. I just called her a little bit ago, told her thanks for all her help. So we hit the right person to get it done.”

The bank officials had been saying for more than a year that the trash was personal property and couldn’t be touched.

Bianconi said he told them it wasn’t personal property at all, it was simply garbage and it was drawing rats and raccoons.

Now it’s gone, and the neighbors said they haven’t seen any animals since Saturday when it was removed.

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