Mess outside mayor’s home leads to notice of violation

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 18:34:37-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A pile of discarded furniture and other items outside a home in Petersburg has drawn the ire of both neighbors and the city.

In fact, the Petersburg Department of Public Works placed a notice of violation, dated July 26, near the debris pile on Lafayette Street, near West Washington Street.

Mess outside mayor's house

The notice listed two addresses as possible violators of Petersburg City Ordinance Sec. 98.10, which makes it against city code to obstruct any a public street,  sidewalk, gutter, or bridge 24 hours after being told to clean up the obstruction.

When asked about the mess Wednesday night, the person who lives at the Lafayette Street address told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil that the debris pile did not belong to him.

The person who lives at the West Washington Street address is Petersburg Mayor Howard Myers.

Howard Myers

When asked about the pile of debris, Mayor Myers also said it did not belong to him.

He said he had no idea the trash was left on street near the back property line of his home because he does not park on the street. He added he called Container First Services to have the debris removed on Wednesday afternoon. The debris was removed Thursday morning.

Mayor Myers said he believed someone dumped the debris near his property.

Neighbors said it had been there for about a week.

This is a developing story.

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