Thanks For Helping to Keep
By Jerry Cegelske
May 10, 2006
The North Tongass cleanup scheduled for April 15, was snowed
out but two groups have worked hard since then to improve the
looks of the community. We owe a big "Thank you!"
to the groups that cleaned up Mile 13 and mile 15 North Tongass,
including the church group mentioned by Michael Fitzgerald on Sitnews (May 07, 2006).
I drove along North Tongass and was surprised with the amount
of trash that was collected. I took a picture of one of the
piles but it doesn't begin to show the amount of trash that they
picked up. They did a great job. Your efforts are appreciated.
Trash picked up on
Mile 13 N. Tongass
In contrast, the slobs have also been at work dumping trash and
burning things along Revilla Road. The trash dumped and burned
by the future ball field near the Salvage Trail off Revilla Rd.
and the wire rope spool and tire burned by the new Ketchikan
Hot Shots Paintball League field at Mile 4.2 Revilla Rd. The
youth of the community have worked hard to create the field and
members of the community have donated their time, talents, ideas
and materials to provide an alternative place for people to recreate.
They don't need this type of action to turn their area into
a dump area with trash and burned material. We hope you attend
the Hot Shots Grand Opening on May 21st (Ty Rettke, Sitnews, May 04, 2006) to see
what they and the supporting members of the community have accomplished
with the leadership of the young adults.
Trash dumped and burned
by Salvage Trail, Revilla Rd.
Also in contrast to the people cleaning up N. Tongass and the
Hot Shots, is the vehicle dumped on private property at about
mile .5 of Revilla Rd. I just finished talking with the property
owner who wants the vehicle removed. This is an example of what
happens when you don't take responsibility for disposing of a
clunker of a vehicle the proper way. The vehicle was sold or
given to some young person who, when it broke down on Revilla
Rd., decided that he and his buddies should bust all the windows
and trash the car. The owner who thought that he was getting
rid of a problem vehicle will now have to pay more to remove
it and clean up the mess. The good Samaritan who tried to help
them get the vehicle started, later observed the kids throwing
rocks through the windows and trashing the vehicle. Now you
can enjoy looking at it on your way to Ward Lake or drive your
visiting friends to Lake Harriet Hunt.
Trashed car at .5
Mile Revilla Rd.
We will be having the cleanup of areas along N. Tongass and Revilla
Rd. on Saturday, May 13th starting at 9:00 am at Mile 15.3 North
Tongass. After we get areas of North Tongass cleaned up, we
will move to Revilla Road to get the areas that the slobs have
trashed since we cleaned it up last year. Hamburgers, hot dogs,
chips, beans and sodas will be available for participants at
the Ward Lake RAC shelter, which the Forest Service has donated
for our use, after we are done.
If you or your group would like to sponsor the cleanup of a mile
of Ketchikan's roads, please feel free to contact Nick Farstad
at the Division of Highways, phone 225-2513, he and many of the
rest of us would appreciate your efforts.
I hope that you will join us in the cleanup Saturday to show
your support for the community and to help clean up Ketchikan.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Code Enforcement Officer for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough
and cleanup organizer.
Burned tire and wire
rope spool by Paintball field, Revilla Rd.
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