By Al Johnson
August 01, 2008
On or around the 20th of July I contacted the State Police regarding
What is now a trashed Jeep Cherokee, AK License EEP 229 located
at the Whipple Creek pull out. I was advised that abandoned cars
were the responsibility of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough enforcement
officer. The State Trooper on duty volunteered to pass the matter
on to the Borough enforcement officer. I thanked him and departed
knowing the issue was being delt with.
Well, here it is the first of August and all the prophecies given
the State Trooper have come true, the windows are all broken
out, the junk inside is being scattered all around. and it is
now a non-removable object daily showing off to the tourist
passing on busses, and we community citizens who are abiding
by the law.
Either the State Trooper dismissed my inquiry and his offer to
contact the Ketchikan Gateway Borough enforcement officer out
of hand, or the Ketchikan Gateway Borough enforcement officer
is not able to address this issue for what ever reason or excuse.
One suspects that if this wreck were on the beach of Gravina
Island, or up Revilla road, action might be taken, not of course,
till it is as it is, a total mess and Grant money can be sucked
up or the photo op is more exciting.
What would it take to check out the license plate and contact
the last registered owner to advise them that they are in for
the cost of removal? O I know, the person contacted will say
that he "Gave or sold this Junker" sometime ago. Well,
according to my understanding, until the State is advised by
the receipt of the bottom transfer section of the vehicle title
the current owner is responsible.
Another example of how effective Government is in our lives.
A.M. (Al) Johnson
Received August 01, 2008 -
Published August 01, 2008
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