Enough with the dumping already


By Meg Olson

The local parks board is sending out an appeal to stop dumping on parks property, or anywhere else.

“We have a constant inflow of TVs, filing cabinets, small appliances, half-empty paint cans and asphalt, not to mention beer and pop cans, that apparently some residents or visitors are unwilling to haul to the dump or otherwise dispose of properly and legally,” said parks board chair Mark Robbins. “It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money and a burden on me or other volunteer commissioners if we have to haul these things to the transfer station.”

The most recent unwelcome arrival, an electric water cooler left by the side of the driveway to Baker Field, Robbins has left at the Benson Road entrance to the park, with a sign asking the dumper to “take back your trash.”

In addition to asking that people handle their trash responsibly, Robbins is also asking that the community discourage or report people who dump. “If we know who is responsible, we will try to take action,” he said.

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