Neighborhood eyesore has Phoenix community up in arms

PHOENIX - Darla Riegel has lived in her home for 20 years. She's been dealing with a major eyesore for the past three.

"Junkyard. It's pretty much a junkyard," she said.

Her neighbor's backyard is filled with piles upon piles of junk including a stack of tires so high you can see it from next door.

"Haven't seen the city do anything except for come up with a lot of excuses," Riegel said.

She did what you're supposed to do if you've got an eyesore next door, file your complaint with the city.

"We've been out there several times just in the last couple of years," City of Phoenix Code Compliance Supervisor Patrick Ravenstein told ABC15 in February.

Ravenstein also said the homeowner was on his third strike, and if he didn't clean up he'd end up with a lien on his house or he could even face jail time.

"Four months ago they told us they were going to do it. And here we are, four months later, nothing's been done, the pile is just getting bigger," Riegel said.

City workers were back out at the house Monday and said they're getting a court order so the city can clean up the mess and bill the homeowner for the cost.

Riegel said she hopes this time around the city keeps its promise to fix this problem.

"Hopefully this is enough pressure to get the city to do something," she said.

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