LIMA — Mary Williamson is upset, to put it lightly.
The southside Lima resident is president of the Northwest Perry Township Neighborhood Association. Property she owns in the 100 block of East 12th Street has been the target of illegal trash dumping.
Amid the cardboard and wet paper, there was an old television set as well as used tires. She’s had it with the dumping.
“I’m really mad. If I could find whose yard this came out of, I would do unto them like they did unto me. I’m serious. I would hire somebody to take this stuff all of the way back to them and sit it on their yard and let them know,” she said.
Williamson maintains the treatment of Lima’s south side has been a sore spot for many years.
“Some of the population in Allen County has always thought of us out here in the south end as a throwaway part of Lima. They have never, ever tried to come out here and do anything to make us better. So naturally, if you think nothing of where you live, you’re going to treat it like it’s thrown away too,” she said.
The Northwest Perry Township Neighborhood Association was formed years ago to help deal with the problems facing the south side.
“We are one of the oldest neighborhood associations in Lima, Allen County. When we first started, this south end was a mess. During our time out here, we have got street lights installed. We have worked and got tons and tons of trash, old cars, tore down houses, garbage taken away from out here,” she said.
Williamson isn’t taking this lying down.
“If you come in the south end with anything on your truck, we’re going to get your license plate, we’re going to track you down and you better hope to heaven that you are not dumping out here, because we’re going to find you,” she added.
Williamson says more needs to be done as far as penalties for illegal dumping.
“Make an example of them, because I know none of those judges would want this kind of stuff in their yard, and that is what I’m mad about,” she said.
For Williamson, the south side of Lima is home.
“We have a nice area out here. We live out here because we want to. We don’t live out here because we have to. We got people moving back in out here. They’re building very nice homes. I’m asking city officials, county officials, commissioners to treat us like you want to be treated. Respect us like you want us to respect you,” she said.
“If I have to stay up 24/7 to find you, I’m going to do it, because this is disrespectful. It’s just malicious and it’s against the law,” Williamson added.
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