ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - You've heard of pillow fights, but how about a fight over a mound of mattresses?
An Albuquerque man claims someone else left a huge mess in the alley behind his property and he says the city is firm on not helping out, leaving a dangerous problem.
The problem is a mountain of garbage left by illegal dumpers.
"Twelve mattresses, one shopping cart, and a couch!” said George Schrieber, a nearby property owner who spent Sunday afternoon looking at the mess. “And there goes a partridge in a pear tree,” said Schrieber
While Schrieber can still laugh about it, he’s also concerned about just exactly where the pile of trash is located.
“Somebody got smart in the night in the middle of the alley,” said Schrieber.
He’s not sure who did it, but Schrieber says someone stacked a giant pile of furniture with at least 10 mattresses and box springs, a couch, recliner, shopping cart and more trash right in the middle of a public alleyway near Girard, between Coal and Lead Avenue, barricading the right-of-way.
The alley is now impassable with hundreds of pounds of garbage which Schrieber says is concerning.
“Emergency vehicles, nevermind private citizens, can't get through with this non-sense,” said Schrieber. “It's a high density area and that's a problem.”
Schrieber owns several apartments along the alleyway. He says the trash problem should have never gotten to this point.
“I have requested that the city remove the mattresses lining this alley for several months,” said Schrieber.
However, Schrieber says the city hasn’t responded to the problem yet. After calling Solid Waste for a pick-up, Schrieber says he was told that he needed to report the problem to the city’s 311 service first, per city policy.
Schrieber says the problem was passed to a code enforcement officer in late August. However, since then, he says he still hasn't heard anything.
Now late September, Schrieber says the the linger problem has turned into a dangerous prank.
“Somebody goes sending a fire truck or ambulance screaming through here, which happens often enough there's going to be a serious problems,” said Schrieber.
The only option Schrieber says he has been given is to pay for it himself, something he disagrees with.
“I don't see that it’ incumbent of me to go get my Volvo and stack them up on top and drive away with them,” said Schrieber. “None of it was ever on my property.”
KRQE News 13 spoke with the city’s Solid Waste Department on Sunday. A spokesman for the department said they had not heard of the issue as of Sunday and agreed that the issue may still be with the city’s Code Enforcement Department. Also KRQE News 13 called and emailed the Cde Enforcement on Sunday, but did not hear back.
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