EYESORE NEXT DOOR: Sand Mound Frustrates Residents
CREATED Jun. 25, 2013
INDIO - Some residents are frustrated about a big pile of sand and trash that's behind their backyards. It's been there since 2009, and it's become an eyesore.
The sand mound sits behind a Walgreens near Highway 111 and Madison Street in Indio. The land was supposed to be the beginning of a new project called "Madison Crossing", a development with shops, restaurants and office spaces. Now, all that sits there is a pile of sand.
"The pile of debris is higher than their block wall, so they have to look at that and deal with that every day," describes Joe Barnum about the residents who live right in front of the land.
Barnum lives across the street and says the problem is bigger than just an eyesore.
"My concern is to get it cleaned up so when we have all these high winds it doesn't end up on my patio, on my cars, on my roof and inside my house," says Barnum.
This land, however, is not posing any code violations according to the City Manager of Indio, Dan Martinez.
"At this point because the sand has not been disturbed or grated, it is consider a natural desert state for that property," adds Martinez, "Desert is desert, and there's going to be sand blowing in the desert."
Another problem residents express is the transients they occassionally see behind the mound.
"You'll see people out there. It's [the sand pile] so high, when we have dinner, they can actually watch us having dinner," shares resident Ray Chacon.
The City Manager says the department has received five calls in the past three months regarding transients camping out in that area. Martinez says they address the issue when the receive the complaints. Besides the occassional transient and the blowing sand, residents say they want something done about this unsightly sand pile that's accumulated trash over the years.
"I'd just like to know when they're going to clean this up because it is offending all the residents here," states Chacon.