Residents up in arms over condition of Canton home

By Mark Bullion

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM CDT

CANTON, Ill -- Neighbors are calling it deplorable, while the homeowners say they are doing all they can to keep up with the growing problem.

The stench and sight of mounds of dog feces, an overgrown backyard that hasn't been mowed in quite some time, and a giant green tarp on top of 916 14th street is what neighbor Debra Dooley has to look at every single day.

"They need help. They for some reason do need help. Get the place cleaned up. The police are here constantly for noise violations and tickets for their yard," said Dooley.

Dooley even put up her own fence so she doesn't have to see what she calls disgust on the other side.

"it got to where we couldn't even have company because they were looking over and yelling.

"It's just not good. The police and the City are going to keep working on it and try to get something done," said Canton City Alderman James Hartford.

News 25/HOI-19's Mark Bullion spoke to the homeowners Christina and Roger Harris who are married. Both understand there is a problem. Roger is disabled and Christina is facing some medical issues and is unemployed not allowing either of them to properly take care of the property.

"We're broke, then we go to my grandma, and my grandma only helps us out so much cause she only has one job," said Harris.

And because the Harris' are broke, they do not have water or sewage. Their electricity was recently turned back on, but it will be up to them or through the help of others to help make those ends meet and put an end to the chaos that has plagued the Canton neighborhood.

City officials say the Harris' owe around $2,000 in ordinance violations along with an additional $2,000 in unpaid water bills. And if they don't have their utilities restored by Wednesday, they could be kicked out.

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