Cleanup begins at 'hoarder' home in New Albany
The mounds of junk and trash that has had neighbors complaining for years.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Heavy equipment started removing piles of trash from a New Albany "hoarder" home on Wednesday morning.
Neighbors on Hausfeldt Lane have been complaining about the weeds, trash and old cars littering the yard at the home. Records show the first complaints date back to 2012.
"This is a very very good day," said Larry Clemons, who owns a veterans care home nearby. "We'd waited long enough and I hope this time it stays clean.
"We've had a lot of trouble with misquotes and there's been all sorts of rodents and mice everywhere."
Two hours into the cleanup, four industrial size dumpsters had been hauled away from the home filled with everything from old pots and pans to pop cans and filthy toys to broken car parts. Cars slowed watching the mess cleared away, and as the hours passed, more neighbors began to emerge from their homes to see it in person.
"This is like a show," said one elderly woman after car honked as it passed.
Cleanup is expected to last three days, according to the owner of C.C.E. Inc., Jeff Eastridge. His company won a $25,000 bid to clean up the property. Floyd County taxpayers will pay the bill for hauling away dumpsters of trash.
Owner Jarrett Hamilton has been under court order since February not to live there. The judge ordered 66-year-old to come up with a plan to clean up the property and submit it to the county attorney. Hamilton said he misunderstood the order and never complied.
A judge ruled Oct. 2 that Hamilton is in contempt of court, despite his claims of having his Constitutional rights violated. After the hearing, Hamilton promised to appeal.
"I'm tired of this corrupt government," Hamilton said." Everybody knows New Albany and Floyd County is a corrupt government."
The Floyd County Health Department ruled the house inhabitable, and local police and fire officials said the house is a safety hazard.
New Albany paid twice before to clean the "junk" off of Hamilton's property, and he turned around and sued the city. This time, Floyd County is covering the bill with plans to put a lien on the home to recover the taxpayer costs.
Members of the county commission said they're working on a new ordinance to stop hoarding homes from becoming public problems.
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