Detroit Public Works employees take action to remove debris dumped at local church

Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:53:29-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — It’s a story you’ll only see on 7 Action News. The City of Detroit is taking action after we first exposed a case of illegal dumping behind a church on Detroit’s west side. Less than 24 hours ago, Pastor Eddie Brown spoke out about the illegal dumping at his church on Joy Road.

“It’s so disappointing that people keep doing this and it’s actually blocking the back door, making it a safety hazard,” Brown said. His expression touched the hearts of our viewers who offered to help, as well as the staff at DPW with the city.

“We were made aware of the situation on Channel 7, and we came out today to get it all removed and send a message this won’t be tolerated,” says DPW Supervisor Sherome Ivory.

He and his staff are spending each day regularly removing messes, like the one left at Christ Reformed Baptist Church At Joy Road, just east of Southfield Freeway on Sunday.

“I’m so grateful to Channel 7 and the city for stepping up to help,” Brown said. The city says whoever is illegally dumping there could face fines of as much as $10,000. If they are repeat offenders, they could also face jail time.