Jamonia Roots has lived in her Fifth Ward neighborhood for the past three years. For the past three months, Roots has been stuck looking at one of two illegal dump piles in her neighborhood on Waco near Liberty.
"It looks nasty," Roots said. "We got sidewalks and we can't even walk down sidewalks, and they say they pick up once a month. No, they don't."
The lack of urgency from the City of Houston to clean up this mess has City Councilman Jerry Davis kicking off a new taskforce in District B.
"We're coming up with the best types of policies that will eventually get rid of illegal dumping, but it's going to take a big, big buy-in from the constituents," Davis said.
He wants those dump sites and old, abandoned homes immediately demolished to make his district more desirable and his constituents happier. After all, there is a major Houston ISD construction project underway in the area.
He is also focusing on stray animals. He said you cannot tackle illegal dumping and dilapidated housing while ignoring the animals running free on the streets of Fifth Ward.
"I look at it from the holistic approach," he said. "They all work hand in hand."
Back on Waco, Roots is focused on one problem: the piles of trash occupying her neighborhood since October 2012. She is hoping Councilman Davis' taskforce pays off for her community.
"Well if he can get it done, get it done," Roots said. "If he can do something about it, do something about it."