Bar Harbor & Thomas Basin Cleanup:
April 11, 2012
Lenny Neeley, manager of the City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Facility, and his crews will remove the material that was collected.
Grocery carts collected from Bar Harbor
Borough employee Jim Pomplun, along with Dick Madden and Bob Durland both from the Society of American Foresters worked in the southern end of Bar Harbor and retrieved grocery carts, tires, bicycle parts rope and bags of trash. Complaints had been received from residents of “The Point” about the carts and other material being in the water there.
The other end of the collection of grocery carts and a bicycle from Bar Harbor.
Chris Baca, a recent transplant to Ketchikan who escaped from Houston, Texas where it's 115 degrees in the summer, worked cleaning up the area around and including the grid at Bar Harbor in the balmy 50 degree weather. Baca hauled the bags full of collected material up the stairs from the grid.
Pat Jirschele and Steve Olson, also Yacht Club members, helped clean up the grid at Thomas basin before being chased out by the rising tide. The bike at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek was also removed so residents and tourists will not be able to view it anymore. A single grocery cart was also pulled from the water along with other material.
Pat Jirschele on his boat with material collected at Thomas Basin. The bike will no longer be a sight for residents and tourists to look at from the Stedman bridge.
Cegelske said, "While working with some of the people on the cleanup, a story was related to me concerning some people in a local watering hole. It seems that the discussion started with a statement on how it was a waste of money paying a Borough employee to pick up trash. The discussion continued with agreement from the table members. It was about that time that one of the members had an epiphany and stated “If you didn’t throw the trash out and about, you wouldn’t have to pay him to pick it up!” After thinking about it, there was a general agreement that it was, financially, a good thing not to throw trash out where others had to clean it up!"
Material collected from the area around “The Point”
Most of the 40 or so grocery carts pulled from the Bar Harbor waters came from the Safeway grocery store said Cegelske. He said with a value of $300.00 to $500.00, depending on the age of the carts involved, shipping costs, electronic devices and other factors, there was from $12,000-$20,000.00 worth of grocery carts thrown in the water which the store had to pay for - or should we say, we, the people that shop there had the cost of the carts added to our grocery bill. Maybe the guys in the bar are on to something said Cegelske.
Cegelske expressed thanks to those that participated in the Bar Harbor and Thomas Basin Cleanup. "Although you may not be able to see a big change, know that you have made a difference. It is people like you that make Ketchikan a great place to work," said Cegelske.
For those that wanted to help but couldn’t due to factors beyond your control, more harbor cleanups are being planned for the future and Cegelske said your help would be appreciated. To volunteer, you can contact Cegelske at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews