A half-dozen concerned homeowners in the Wasatch Heights subdivision northeast of City Hall have complained to the City Council that their neighborhood is being overrun by drug dealers, untidy yards, speeding drivers and rowdy teenagers.
"We want our neighborhood back," Mary Owen told the council Thursday.Residents living along Valeria and Marvia drives, east of Fort Lane at 750 North, are frustrated with continuing crime problems the police can't seem to solve.
"It's the same houses with the same problems," Owen said, explaining police just slap the hands of juveniles for dealing drugs. They're back at it the next day, she said.
Several residents said they had watched a noon drug deal take place that very day on their street. Others complained of loud late-night parties and trashy yards
"It's not the place I moved into in 1950," Mac Lyons told the council.
He said some of the adolescents apparently have police scanners and are able to disperse before police arrive.
Lyons also said many residents are afraid to say anything for fear of reprisal.
City officials said this was the first complaint they'd received about Wasatch Heights.
"I think we can help you," Mayor Jerry Stevenson said, explaining the situation sounds very similar to what the Camelot subdivision faced two years ago. "We can get you more police protection . . . We must all work together," he said.
City manager Alex Jensen said Layton is well-known for having the most aggressive anti-drug police response in the county. He also suspects that the police are doing far more than the residents believe.
He and Stevenson suggested the residents meet with the head of the city's new community action council. While some of the Wasatch residents may have had Neighborhood Watch training, the city's new action council gives it better organization and power.
Stevenson said the action council is a strong weapon against crime.