Indianapolis Code Enforcement meets with homeowner after hearing concerns

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)-Indianapolis Code Enforcement is taking action after hearing one woman’s complaints about her northeast neighborhood becoming a dumping ground.

“This probably is about the fourth body that they’ve found in this area in the last three years,” said JoAnna LeNoir, “Too many trees, too many bushes covering things up and with it only being two families on this block it is a safe dumping ground for anybody that wants to dump.”

24-Hour News 8 first talked to LeNoir Tuesday after the bodies of two women were found near her home on Columbia Avenue.

24-Hour News 8 anchor Daniel Miller went back to the neighborhood Wednesday with a spokesman for Indianapolis Code Enforcement. He was there as Code Enforcement listened to LeNoir’s concerns and tried to solve them.

“Please to meet you,” LeNoir said to Code Enforcement spokesperson Adam Baker.

LeNoir got a face-to-face meeting with Baker outside her Columbia Avenue home. After repeated calls she said she made to the city to address her neighborhood concerns, this was her chance to be heard.

“All these weeds and trees cover up everything; you can’t really see,” she said.

“I can see the area; I can definitely see her concerns,” Baker said.

Baker said they have records of calls to the neighborhood. He said crews were in the neighborhood on May 29th on a proactive sweep, but said whether it’s trash, high weeds or grass, they can’t take immediate action. That’s because they have to give the affected property owners notice.

“If property owners don’t maintain it willingly, then we do have a mechanism to step in an maintain it for them,” he said.

And if homeowners see the issue not being fixed, call the city.

“The reason why we do that is because everything is then filtered through the Mayor’s Action Center to the appropriate department,” Baker said.

Baker said he also plans to contact the Department of Public Works. DPW is responsible for the streets and sidewalks in the city.
Baker told LeNoir her he wants DPW to see her sidewalk.

“I can at least let them known that I’ve been out here and this is a property you should take a look at and see where it falls in the system,” Baker said.

“It’s been like this for too long. Too long,” LeNoir said.

Baker said it takes people like LeNoir who want to fight crime and have pride in their neighborhoods to get things done.

“We love the tenacity of citizens; we love to see them involved so much,” he said.

Residents in the city with a similar situation should call the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4622 or 4MAC. He said there are different departments available to handle each complaint and request.

As for the high weeds and debris on Columbia Avenue, Baker said it all should be taken care on by the end of the month.

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