Neighbors say trash has been piling up at south Fulton apartment complex for months

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Residents said trash has been piling up at a local apartment complex, and it’s attracting rats and other problems.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes went to south Fulton County where she worked to find out why the trash is piling up.

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It’s easy to see the trash piled up in the dumpster and the trash left on the ground, but it’s harder to describe how it smells.

Its strong, and the hotter it gets outside, the worse the stench gets.

Minnie Perkins is a resident at the South Hampton Estates on Godby Road who is tired of seeing the trash piled up.

“It’s disgusting, and I mean it’s not sanitized for your family, it’s gross,” she said.

Perkins said it’s been this way for about six months

“It causes bugs and rats, all that,” she said.

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The property is unique because half of it is in the city of College Park and the other half is in the city South Fulton, so the code enforcement responsibility is shared by both cities.

“You have people who live in the community, it doesn’t matter, they should work together and get it done,” Perkins said.

Fernandes spoke to Brian Morris, the director of code enforcement for the city of South Fulton.

“We were out on the site earlier this week. We’ve had a previous case on this issue, so we’re working in conjunction with College Park to make sure we get it cleaned up and cleaned up for good this time,” he said.

Neither city is responsible for the trash at this complex, Morris said; it’s on the property owners to make sure the trash company they contract out takes care of it.

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“We’re meeting with management and ownership because we want to get a culture change there to make sure we’re not just picking up bits and pieces and not coming into partial compliance,” Morris said. “We want them to come into full and total compliance, and that’s what we require going forward.”

Property owners told code enforcement that they’re working to take care of this problem.

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