MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Imagine having garbage pile up in your neighborhood and nothing is done about it. One Moss Point resident said that's exactly what's been going on near her home on Second and Elder streets. She wants the city to finally stop litter bugs from illegally dumping in Moss Point.
"It is nasty and it is horrific to me," Victoria Charles said of the mess in her neighborhood.
Charles has lived in this Moss Point neighborhood for more than a decade. At least half of that time, she's dealt with litter bugs using the area as a dumpsite.
"Sometimes they dump refrigerators, toilets. There is drywall here, couches, bottles, all kinds of things, which I think will bring rats diseases," Charles said.
To make matters worse, she even found racial slurs written on some of the trash.
"I don't want to look at that."
As the garbage piles up, she feels it is painting an ugly picture of her neighborhood.
"If I tried to sell my house, things like this would bring my value down," Charles said.
This problem has been going on since Hurricane Katrina and Charles has complained to everyone from the mayor to the police department, but nothing has been done.
"I think they need to put up cameras, even if they are fake cameras, to deter this dumping. They need to raise the fine to like $10,000. Anything to stop people from dumping," Charles said.
Police Chief Keith Davis said since receiving the compliant, his team has worked to punish violators.
"In this particular case on Elder Street, an individual has been charged with littering in the case. The city should be getting that area cleaned up as soon as possible," Chief Keith Davis said.
Davis also put up hidden trash cameras in the city last year.
"I think the program has been pretty successful with this exception of this one area. So we are going to be looking at tools that we have to curtail this problem," said Davis.
Charles hopes Moss Point officials stand by their word because everyone deserves to live in a clean community.
The police department is also encouraging residents to report anyone they see dumping trash in the city.