A trip by some homes in the city would make you wonder if the dump was located in their front yard, or if property standards were just slipping in Sault Ste. Marie in general.
That is the case on the corner of Albert Street, East and Tancred according to local resident Christine.
She has been dealing with the City for a mess in a yard on that corner for going on a year, and sometimes it’s better, but right now it’s really bad, she tells SaultOnline.
“It has gotten worse since I took the photo, there have been several different local folks stopping by at all hours of the day and night picking through the garbage taking what they want as if it was a garage sale,” says Christine. “The door and door frame have been kicked in, so the door no longer stays closed.”
When she reached out to the city she was allegedly told, “as long as the taxes are being paid on the property by the owner, that there was nothing that could be done.”
Christine went on to tell us that she has forwarded her complaint, including the picture, to the city with regards to the by-laws as well as her local MP. To date, she has yet to receive a response from either party.
SaultOnline has also reached out to the City for comment on this situation and have had no response so far.
If you follow her post on social media, you will find that this isn’t an isolated incident in Sault Ste. Marie. This property has a history of deaths and substance abuse issues which she has grown tired of.
“This type of behaviour has been common place for the dwelling. The Police have been contacted many times by local homeowners and businesses in this area. Everyone either turns a blind eye at City Hall or passes the buck.”
As a newer resident to Sault Ste. Marie, she has brought with her a suggestion, one which seemed to work well in her previous hometown of Peterborough.
“We too suffered a crippling year of “Tent City” where we had a huge spike in homelessness due to closure of our biggest shelter. We got on this problem immediately through a board of directors who worked diligently with the police city officials and mental health,” she suggested. “Clean up your act Sault. Make the person(s)/company responsibility for not only cleaning up the property but bring it up to code. Charge fair market value. Perhaps a Co-Op where a governing body of people can take pride in home ownership.”
It is unclear what the next steps for the property are, but we will continue to bring coverage for any unfolding events.