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RE" A future disappointment
By Scott Cragun


February 24, 2012
Friday PM

I have personally stopped twice in the last two years at the Mountain Point Boat launch when I noticed 2 different individuals towing derelict boats with the intention of parking them at the far end of the parking lot and leaving them. Both times I informed them that if the boat was left there I would pass along their license plate numbers to the troopers, neither vessel was there later in the day.

The problem we have is that there is either no enforceable law for littering or disposing of vehicles or junk or the lack of man power to enforce the law (if it exists). Every vehicle and boat has an identification number that can be traced back to the last registered owner who should be held responsible if they did not report the sale or the buyer did not transfer the registration. The Borough should have an enforceable law that collects fees from individuals who intentionally dump vehicles or other junk on public properties.

I would like to initiate a rewards program for citizens who report unlawful dumping and provide names or license numbers of vehicles who intentionally dispose of boats, vehicles or other trash on public property. If there were a law that could/would be enforced I would personally guarantee a $100 reward to the first 10 people that report enforceable violations, eventually people will realize that they need to properly deal with their junk.

I'm tired of seeing burned out vehicles at Whipple Creek and derelict boats at Mountain Point.

Scott Cragun
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Tired of people dumping their junk on public properties so someone else can clean it up."

Received February 22, 2012 - Published February 24, 2012

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