RE: Drainage (and the purpose
of government); and bear stuff too
By Vanessa Nowland
July 31, 2010
I bet if SitNews had a "like" button similar to Facebook's
there would be a lot of "thumbs up" for Mr. Hofeling's
opinion letter. I recall getting the exact same response from
the city when we lived on Ketchikan Lakes Road. It wasn't until
my husband fell on the glacier that covered our road, injuring
his ribs and the ambulance almost took out a utility pole trying
to get to us that they started paying any attention.
This after being told by a
KPD Dispatcher that if I was concerned about the ice I should
call a plowing business and pay for them to maintain our road
myself. Isn't that what our taxes pay for? Who is directing our
local police dispatchers to suggest this to us?
And while I'm at it what about the bear/garbage issue?
City ordinance states:
9.68.100 Owner to maintain
premises free of litter. (a) The owner, tenant, or person in
control of any private property shall at all times keep the property
free of litter, garbage, rubbish, or
refuse except to the extent such litter, garbage, rubbish, or
refuse is contained within a solid waste storage container meeting
the requirements of Section 7.16.050.
(b) The owner, tenant, or person in control of private property
shall keep litter, garbage, rubbish, and refuse in such a way
as to prevent it from being taken, scattered, or deposited by
animals, wind, water, vandals, or in any other way than through
collection and disposal under Title 7 of this code. It is not
a defense to a charge under this subsection that the litter,
garbage, rubbish, or refuse was contained in a legal solid waste
storage container before being taken, scattered, or deposited.
(Ord. 1592 §1, 2008: Ord. 743 §3 (8.01.100), 1971)
And taken from our local police
"Ensuring quality enforcement
of criminal and traffic law regulations and ordinances of the
State of Alaska and the City of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Police
Department is committed to service through community policing
by utilizing vehicular, bicycle, and foot patrols." http://www.city.ketchikan.ak.us/departments/Police/policehome.html
But when you call the local
police department you are met with comments like "we are
not garbage men"
This is not a BEAR problem, it's a PEOPLE problem. Residents
who choose not to secure their garbage need to be held accountable
for it. Disposing of a bear is not the answer, this is bear country
and another one will come along.
I have lived in Ketchikan for
13 years and the only thing a bear was able to get out of my
garbage can was the corner piece of a papertowel and a strand
of dental floss. How can this be you might ask? Use a tie down
strap with a ratchet. You can get them at one of your local harware
About: "7th generation
born and raised Alaskan...the last 13 years in Ketchikan."
Received July 28, 2010 - Published
July 31, 2010
(and the purpose of government) By Dustin Hofeling
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