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Troubles With Trash

May 7, 2014, 5:01 PM by Don Jorgensen

Troubles With Trash

When crews started redoing West 41st Street near Sertoma Avenue, business owners along that stretch of road knew with all the construction going on things would be a mess. But at least one business owner wasn't expecting a different type of mess.

While it's still an inconvenience for their customers, at least one business owner is seeing some unintended consequences she wasn't expecting.

"It's very frustrating," Kids 2 College owner Traci Cavanaugh said.

Cavanaugh says people who try to go to the landfill with a load of trash find out they can't get there because the road is blocked off.

"They get to the point where they can't turn around or realize they can't make it to the dump, so they pull in our parking lot.  They go around the building.  They see two empty dumpsters back there and they just unload," Cavanaugh said.

Which is not only illegal, but leaves Cavanaugh with no room for her own trash.

"We would sit with all of our cardboard and stuff, because they only get picked up once a week. We don't have anybody to come pick up our trash, because our dumpsters are full, so we had a whole back room full of cardboard and stuff," Cavanaugh said.

While it's been a hassle for the past couple of weeks for the owner, they've come up with a way to top the illegal dumping.

"We've just contacted Novak and they are going to put some locks on our containers, so hopefully that will solve the problem," Cavanaugh said.

A problem she never thought she would have to deal with.

"One man's trash is definitely not our treasure," Cavanaugh said.

Construction on 41st Street is scheduled to be completed in October.

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