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Davenport Residents Raising Concerns Over Junge Park


Weeds, debris and raw sewage. Residents in Davenport say these issues haven't been taken care of properly at Junge Park.

"No parent wants to have their kid playing on a ball field that was filled with raw sewage."

Debbie Dierks, of Davenport, has been raising concerns with the park's cleanup for over a month now. She says after last month's flood, raw sewage washed up on some of the ball fields where her children play, but that's not her only concern.

"The weeds were really high along the fence line, there was debris, there's still a lingering odor and the weeds are just taking over if you go out to the ball diamonds there are more creeping charlies and creeping jenny then there is grass," she said.

So she asked the city for help and they contacted parks and recreation members to clean up the mess.

"The city came the next couple of days and took care of that but there hasn't been anything since june 14th," said Dierks.

Until today-parks and rec. employees were out in the fields cutting grass and cleaning up the fields. Mark Smiddy, who is in charge of field maintenance says they try to come out when they can.

Craig Malin, the city's administrator,  says the city plans on sending out chemists out to the fields to collect samples. Samples that will determine if there really are any left over raw sewage, and that if there is they will take action.

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