Posted on November 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Thursday, Nov 8 at 7:21 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Imagine watching not one, not two, but half dozen piles of mulch growing larger at the entrance to your neighborhood! That's what neighbors in one Charlotte community are seeing so they reached out to us... to get some answers!
"We all notice what's going on in the community we don't miss anything," said Oakhurst neighbor, Bonnie Boughten Eft.
Boughten-Eft loves her Oakhurst neighborhood. It's tucked back off Monroe Road behind what was Oakhurst Elementary, but turned into a CMS training facility after the massive school closings two years ago.
It serves as an entrance to their neighborhood.
"It was horrible for the whole neighborhood we fought so hard to keep the school here."
So when neighbors noticed these huge mounds of mulch growing in the parking lot, they weren't happy.
"It just kept getting bigger and bigger, bigger and bigger so yeah we were a little concerned," said neighbor Katherine Strawn.
"It looks like they're using our neighborhood as a dumping ground, it feels disrespectful to our neighbors," said Boughten-Eft.
They say it's bad enough, the other side of the street is a vacant lot. The economy has delayed any development.
"It's almost like ok look at that empty lot over there I guess we'll be fine if we dump this mulch over here," said Boughten-Eft.
It turns out CMS knows what's going on here, but like the neighbors, we didn't find out from them.
While we were there, a truck showed up and we found out.
"We're contracted by CMS to install mulch in most of their playgrounds and right now this is a central location for all CMS schools and since it's not an active elementary school they decided to stage it here," said a representative for Powell’s Unlimited Landscaping.
Powell's Unlimited Landscaping is currently working on Providence Spring Elementary playground.
We were able to deliver the news.
"Does that make you feel better? “ "Yeah it does make me feel better, that's great it's going to the playgrounds and yeah that's great it won't be there forever," said Boughten-Eft.
It’s a relief to a community that cares.
Powell’s Unlimited Landscaping told NBC Charlotte they should be finished with all the schools in just a few weeks. CMS did call us back and confirmed, since it is their property, they are using the parking lot as staging area for the mulch until the playgrounds are complete.