BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Debra Randolph lives on Gwen Drive. She says she has reached out to the East Baton Rouge 311 call center for over a month to clean a pile of debris placed in front of her home by renovators.
“I just want them to come get this stuff up so the neighborhood can look like it used to look,” she said.
Randolph says workers repairing the duplex behind her home put the debris on the curb, expecting the city to pick up the pile. She says it’s only growing and has now become a home for some unwanted guests.
“They got rats right here in this pile so big, when I came out this morning to put my trash out, they ran out. These are some big rats, and I’m afraid that they’re going to come in my house,” said Randolph.
Kelvin Hill, assistant chief administrative officer for the Department of Public Works (DPW), says there’s a reason why the city-parish has not removed the pile. He says it’s not in their waste management policy to remove materials related to home renovations.
“If folks are doing improvements, remodeling to their property that results in construction debris, the homeowner is responsible for the removal of that construction debris. It would be things like dry wall sheet rock, boards with nails, insulation, carpet material, bricks, and mortar,” said Hill.
Hill says whether it’s a contracted or personal job, individuals working on a home need to make arrangements to dispose of the materials properly. DPW agreed to make a one time exception to remove the pile, but they urge renovators and contractors to follow the proper steps.