Charlotte neighborhood feels forgotten as pothole, trash neglected

- In one local neighborhood pesky potholes and stacked up trash are the least of the concerns for people who call the area home. 

A week after FOX 46 Charlotte's story aired the pothole is still there and appears to have grown. 

Those living along Hudson Graham Lane and June Furr Road are just a few thousand feet outside the City limits. 

That means no city road maintenance, no trash collection, and as FOX 46 Charlotte uncovered so service from the City fire department. 

"It's very concerning because the response time in this area is extremely slow," one neighbor explained. 

The neighborhood is served by the Long Creek Fire Volunteer Fire Department located about a 10 minute drive away.

While the City of Charlotte fire station's just about 6 minutes away - but because the area's considered part of unincorporated Mecklenburg County, they are used as secondary response.

"A lot of times when we first receive a call for anytime of structure fire related you are getting two departments, which is Long Creek and Cook Volunteer Fire Department. That is our agreement through the county."

With concerns about emergency services, trash piling up by the day, and roads continuing to crumble, FOX 46 Charlotte took action and reached out to City Councilman Al Austin to get results. 

He suggested neighbors annex themselves from the County to become part of Charlotte. The only catch - they would have to pay City taxes. 

"That would be amazing because that was originally what we were promised when I first moved here 16 years ago that we would be annexed into the City," one neighbor said. 

"I don't have an issue with that. I am a homeowner and that is only fair. I do not mind paying city taxes because we are in the heart of the city," another said. 

FOX 46 Charlotte was told if neighbors truly want to be annexed they must approach the City Council. 

As for the second solution, neighbors could raise money and present that to Mecklenburg County to fix the road. FOX 46 Charlotte also called the developer of the neighborhood Tuesday about fixing the road, and never heard back. 

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