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Gastonia residents finally get relief from overflowing garbage

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - After watching garbage pile up for an entire month, residents of Beaver Brook Apartments watched Waste Management haul their trash away Wednesday.

Last week, resident Barbara Velasquez called WBTV for help after finding out the apartment management hadn't paid the trash bill in weeks.

"It's nasty," said Velasquez. "It's disgusting. We shouldn't have to live like this."

Beaver Brook Apartments is owned by Great Circle Properties of Charlotte. A call to Waste Management in Gastonia confirmed the trash bill had gone unpaid, so service was canceled.

Now it appears the company has paid its bill. Each one of the dumpsters at the apartment complex were emptied Wednesday morning, and the property manager was seen picking up some of the trash that had fallen to the ground nearby.

The piled-up garbage had caused dumpsters to overflow into the streets and parking lots of Sims Circle. Neighbors reported problems with possums, rats, and roaches, in addition to a potent stench.

WBTV attempted to reach Great Circle Properties management in person and by phone. The Charlotte office was closed, and phone calls just keep ringing with no option to leave a message.

WBTV did some digging on the North Carolina Secretary of State website and discovered Great Circle was dissolved in 2010 for failing to file annual reports.

It was reinstated a few weeks later.

Now, according to state records, Great Circle was recently notified that it will be dissolved again if it does not file its last two annual reports.

The company has 60 days to comply.

A City of Gastonia code enforcement officer told WBTV that Beaver Brook has been cited 32 times since 2009. Violations include sewage leaks, broken heating units, missing smoke detectors, broken windows, bugs, and leaky plumbing on the second floor that caused damage to the first floor.

Velasquez says there are major problems at the complex, but she's thrilled the garbage is gone. She thinks the news story put pressure on property management to take action.

"Y'all did us a big favor. It looks wonderful. When you walk out the door you can smile instead of mean mugging and wanting to hurl up your lunch or your breakfast," said Velasquez.

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