Don't Be a Tosser In 2007
By Mary Kauffman
January 06, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - During 2006, as in years past, community
members and organizations have generously pitched in to clean
up the highways of our community. Many of these volunteers were
thanked for their efforts during 2006. Added to those deserving
thanks are the Society of American Foresters and the First City
Rotary who helped clean along the highways in November.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Code
Enforcement Officer Jerry Cegelske said, "We owe a "Thank
you" to the members of the Society of American Foresters
for cleaning up their Mile 6 of North Tongass, and to the members
of First City Rotary who helped clean up South Tongass in November."
Cegelske said, "Their efforts are appreciated by a large
majority of the community."
Michael Earnest and
Todd Adams, Alaska Dept. of Transportation, Division of Highways
cleaning up the insulation blown from a truck and scattered along
Photo courtesy Jerry Cegelske
Cegelske said while talking with one of the First City Rotary
clean-up volunteers the member mentioned visiting relatives in
Missouri. Regarding the volunteer's visit Cegelske said, "They
lived along a divided highway which had large amounts of trash
scattered along it. He [the Rotary member] was amazed at the
amount of trash people threw out of their vehicles. His relatives
couldn't believe that he would go out and pick it up as he did.
Guess they liked the prior view! He hates litter, and those
that dump it."
"The sad thing,"
said Cegelske, " is that many of the people in Ketchikan
are like the litter bugs in Missouri, and would have Ketchikan
look like Missouri if it weren't for people like the First City
Cegelske said, "It is amazing that people work overtime
to destroy the thing that attracted them to an area in the first
place, but not take a few minutes to prevent it from happening."
He said, "We have natural beauty here which keeps many of
us here. It brings tourists by boat and plane that pay to visit
and see the beauty, providing many of us with the jobs that allow
us to stay and continue to enjoy it." Unfortunately said
Cegelske, "Others really couldn't care less as they toss
their trash and litter from their cars and boats, and allow it
to blow from their trucks."
along Stedman Street.
Photo courtesy Jerry Cegelske
On a drive south of Ketchikan recently, Cegelske said he was
greeted by the sight of insulation scattered on Stedman Street
for over half a mile. "It was supposed to be taken to the
landfill but someone was just too lazy to cover their load to
prevent the insulation from being scattered along Stedman,"
Cegelske said Mike Earnest and Todd Adams of the State Department
of Transportation, Division of Highways, cleaned up the mess.
These Department of Transportation workers could have been doing
something more beneficial for the community, such as continuing
their work on patching potholes on South Point Higgins said Cegelske.
"If they are picking up the trash you allowed to blow out
of your vehicle, or worse, threw out, you can't really complain
about the lack of State funding for plowing roads and fixing
them- some of that money was spent picking up your trash!",
Cegelske said, "State law requires that loads on vehicles
be secured to prevent them from being scattered on the roadway.
" He said, "If you see someone hauling material, mention
to them that it needs to be covered. It will help them in several
ways and help to keep Ketchikan a cleaner place to live."
To everyone who does their
part, "Thanks for your work in keeping Ketchikan clean,"
Unfortunately Ketchikan's litter
bugs - or to be politically correct, Ketchikan's environmentally
challenged likely will keep community volunteers busy again in
2007. Don't be a tosser. Make a difference. Pick up a piece of
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