Thursday, September 3, 2009

“Rural blight” in Pinal County. . . .Look at this disgusting mess.

I have known about this unsightly mess for quite some time. Shortly after downloading my first photograph from my camera on Monday, I knew I had to return to this location and further expose and publicize this eyesore. This is clearly the result of “human pigs”!

This rural blight scene is located at 49957 W Papago Rd. The number above the front door is barely readable. The easiest way to find it while traveling westbound on Papago Rd. is to locate the white mailbox with black numerals belonging to 49871 W Papago Rd. (the blight’s next door neighbor) and look to your left. You can’t miss it. It’s right behind the fence with the “beware of dog” signs on it.

This situation should not be permitted to exist in any residential area. NOT EVER!!! Trash and filth like this is ugly and unhealthy. There’s no telling what is living in those piles of debris, garbage and infectious waste.

I have taken this issue one step further by notifying Pinal County Planning and Zoning. We shall see if the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If the owners don’t clean up this mess, the county should take it over and turn it into a public park provided the ground isn‘t contaminated with “who knows what“.

“Apathy is a sort of living oblivion” --Horace Greeley, 1811-1872

Pinal County Planning and Development:

Pinal County Planning & Development Services, Code Compliance Division is responsible to our property owners and residents to ensure that our neighborhoods and properties are well-kept to enhance the overall image of our community as a whole. As a means of ensuring that property values are maintained and citizens are afforded the quality of life they desire, our Code Compliance Division works with our residents to prevent unsightly, unsafe, and unhealthy conditions by ensuring that all properties meet the code requirements and are not left to deteriorate and become unsightly.

Report a complaint:
31 N Pinal Street
Building F
Florence, AZ 85132
Telephone: 520-866-6980
Top 5 Most UN-Wanted Violations:
Vehicles may be parked on residential or rural property provided said vehicles comply with ALL the following requirements:

a. Vehicles must be owned or leased by the current resident/occupant of the parcel.
b. Vehicles shall not be up on jacks, blocks or other similar equipment.
c. Vehicles shall not have deflated tires, nor have the chassis, engine, body parts, wheels or tires removed.
d. Said vehicles shall not be parked in such a manner as to block access to sidewalks or driveway/entrances to any other property.
e. Vehicles must have a current, valid registration affixed to the license plates. (The lack of a current license plate and/or license tag or an expired license tag affixed to a vehicle shall constitute proof that vehicle does not have a valid and current registration.)
f. No more than two (2) personally owned vehicles may be offered for sale at any one time.
g. Vehicles must currently be operable.

Any item or substance which in its present condition is not and cannot be used for the original use intended or, that which has been discarded. All other items, objects, materials, parts, scrap, motor vehicle components, or any other item on personal property that does not conform to the Sections in Article 34 must be removed.

From and after the effective date of this Ordinance, it shall be unlawful to erect, construct, reconstruct, alter or change the use of any building or structure within any portion of the unincorporated area of Pinal County covered by this Ordinance without first obtaining a Use Permit from the Zoning Inspector. If a Use Permit is not required all other provisions of this Ordinance shall be observed.

Trash & Debris refers to collections of trash and junk on the property, NOT trash or bulky waste set out for collection. Old junk, garbage, tires, rubbish, furniture, appliances, car parts or anything else stored outside can be dangerous and hazardous.

Walls and fences have to be less than 4 feet 6 inches in height when located in front yards (front setback area) and less than 6 feet in height when located in side or rear yards (side and rear setback area). If the above requirements are met then a permit is not required with the county.
The online form made it very easy to submit a complaint. I included a link to my blog so they could view my photographs. I have also taken the liberty of notifying various media outlets so more environmentally conscience citizens may become aware of this unacceptable situation.
Take a look at my pictures and see how many violations you can find. I see at least three of the top five “Most UN-Wanted Violations”. There’s a “vehicle” in there. Can you see it? The fact that this trash heap has been festering here for so long indicates to me that those that live near and around this address could probably care less. There is no place for this mess on MY planet. It must go!

One of the biggest questions I have is, “How many county employees drove past this location, saw the mess and ignored it as they kept driving by?” Papago Rd. is heavily traveled. What do you think potential home buyers will think when they see this? Step up and get involved people! Pull your heads out of your asses and get involved! Thunderbird Farms is our home.

Why are the residents next door putting up with this? What is their major malfunction?

Despite declining property values, my property taxes continue to rise annually as the area surrounding my home appears to be rapidly turning into a trash filled wasteland. The way I see it, myself, along with the rest of the neighborhood land owners, are being grossly overcharged. Perhaps, the time has come for all residents in Thunderbird Farms to appeal their property assessments. How may of you are willing to pay a premium to live in a slum? The time is ripe for tax revolt.

What somebody should say to the owner(s) of this property prior to taking a sturdy oak table leg to his/her head(s):

“You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human, f*cking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian sh*t.” R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket, 1987


  1. Pinal County knows. . . .

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  2. A month later, the mess is being cleaned up!