Neighbors fed up with trash-filled property in New Albany
A battle is brewing over a home on Hausfeldt Lane in New Albany as neighbors say it’s an eye sore.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) – A battle is brewing over a home on Hausfeldt Lane in New Albany as neighbors say it’s an eye sore.
The house, located at 519 Hausfeldt Lane, is littered with everything imaginable. There are at least a dozen cars that don’t appear driveable, hundreds of rusted car parts, dozens of plastic bags full of trash, old paint supplies and much more.
“You could almost put a sign out front saying it’s the city dump, and let people dump here,” said Larry Clemons, who lives next door.
According to property records, the house is owned by Jarrett Hamilton.
“He's got trash of every kind,” Clemons said. “Everything that you can think of has been put here.”
In 2015, the city cleaned up the property, but then Hamilton filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the way in which city workers got rid of the mess violated his civil rights. A federal judge agreed with Hamilton.
"It really looked nice,” Clemons said about the cleanup. “It looked just about this bad at that time They took probably 40 dumpsters of trash out of here.”
In February of 2017, the Floyd County Health Department forced Hamilton to vacate the property until it is cleaned up. That has not happened yet.
“We have people that pull in our driveway every day and stop and look at this,” Clemons said. “Every day we'll have someone do that.”
Calls to New Albany’s code enforcement office were not returned Tuesday.
“Now we're in a holding position where we can't get nothing done,” Clemons said.
WDRB News attempted to call the phone number listed in court records for Hamilton, but the number was disconnected.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s neighbors just want it cleaned up by someone. They don’t care who.
“I don’t know what to be done about it," Clemons said. "I don't have any idea."
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