Some Mean and Short Sighted
By Jerry Cegelske
May 03, 2007
Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with some of
the kids associated with the Ketchikan Youth Court. It was an
interesting and rewarding time spent with them as I learned what
they wanted to accomplish with their lives, their interests,
and their attitudes. It was also rewarding as they cleaned up
a lot of trash that had been dumped over the years.
On Wednesday the 25th I had the opportunity to look at the areas
we had cleaned up. I was saddened to see that someone had maliciously
dumped tires at each of the locations we had previously cleaned
up. Why do I say maliciously? Because the individual or individuals
chose to dump tires at each of the locations, five at the turn
around, seven at the first pull out and six at the second pull
out. Someone interested in getting rid of tires would have just
dumped them at the most convenient location they could find.
Some of the rims from the locations matched the rims at other
locations. Many were rolled into the brush instead of just dropped
where it would have been easier to load them up. The other factor
is that most of the beer cans dumped in the areas were the same
Tires dumped at the
end of the road.
When I was working with the
KTN Youth Court associates cleaning up the trash, one of them
commented "It is amazing how stupid people are!".
After seeing the tires dumped in the areas they had just cleaned
up, I can only add that they are mean and very short sighted
Why couldn't they have taken them to the landfill? The landfill
would take them for free! It is Cleanup Week! Couldn't they
plan on getting rid of them correctly for FREE? Since the people
that dumped the tires think it is nice to share them with the
community, we should ask the sanitation company to share a weeks
worth of trash with the dumpers. They could just back up to
their property and dispose of it in their driveway or on their
vehicles! What is that saying, "Share and share alike!"
Tires dumped at the
first pull out.
The junked Chrysler in the photo has an interesting story behind
it. It was dumped at Whipple Spur because the owner didn't want
to bother with disposing of it properly. I sent a letter to
him stating he needed to remove the vehicle, which he ignored.
My next course of action was handing him two citations for $210.00
each and telling him he needed to remove the vehicle. It didn't
happen. The next time I met with him I handed him two additional
citations for $210.00 each. The vehicle was removed! He has
now paid $840.00 to the State and Borough as a reminder of what
he should have done correctly in the first place, it would have
been much less expensive to tow it to the car crushers instead
of Whipple Spur.
A junk vehicle dumped
at Whipple Spur.
I would like to thank all those that participated in helping
to clean up Ketchikan Saturday with the efforts to clean up Ketchikan
Creek, Thomas Basin, Bar Harbor, South Tongass and Ketchikan
in general. It is just sad to see all the trash littering areas
that had just been cleaned weeks before and the continued littering
in ditches, streams, and harbors.
Ketchikan Youth Court
associates that helped clean up the North Tongass Areas.
Much of the trash is in the ditches because of unsecured loads.
Just this morning a truck was stopped along N. Tongass and the
man got out to pick up the ladder in the traffic lane that had
fallen out of his pickup truck! How would you like that through
you windshield or radiator? Another is people not taking care
of their trash and the bears, dogs, and ravens spreading it around
to where it seldom gets picked up but gets blown by the wind
to the neighbors property. Secure your loads and your trash
so it doesn't get scattered by any method.
KGB Code Enforcement Officer
Received April 30, 2007 - Published
May 03, 2007
The seven tires on the left were dumped at the first pull out.
Six tires dumped at
the second pull out.
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