A work crew cleans up city property. (Photo provided by Oak Harbor Police Department)

A work crew cleans up city property. (Photo provided by Oak Harbor Police Department)

Work crews clean up trashed sites

City property off Fakkema, 7th and Goldie cleared of carts, needles, clothing

An old stroller, plastic chairs, bike parts, shopping carts, a VCR, piles of clothing, syringes and other trash was picked up from city property by Oak Harbor city staff members and a state Department of Corrections work crew during a cleanup effort in June.

Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker said nobody was actively camping on the sites when he posted them a few days before the cleanup, but it appeared people were living at some of the sites in the past.

The cleaned-up properties were located off of Goldie Road, Seventh Street and Fakkema Road. Trash was also picked up in Freund Marsh.

The extensive work relied on a lot of hands to help.

Dresker said the city was able to leverage help from the Department of Corrections work crew, which is made up of people who are working off public service hours ordered by the court or the state.

In addition, public works staff and police department personnel assisted with the three-day effort. The city’s code enforcement officer and members of the mayor’s new Public Safety Work Group were also involved.

“It worked out really well,” Dresker said.

“It was a symbiotic relationship. Everyone did a great job.”

Public works employees went out ahead of time to try to retrieve hypodermic needles that were discarded at the sites. Dresker said about 100 were found, including a number of them in a container; it was actually fewer than officials had expected.

Island County commissioners agreed to waive tipping fees for a limited number of dumpsters filled with junk.

The cleanup efforts were especially important in environmentally sensitive areas, such as the wetlands on Seventh Avenue and Freund Marsh, according to a city press release.

Dresker said there’s probably three or four sites on private property that are also filled with trash, but neither the Department of Corrections crew nor city employees can do cleanup work on private property for a variety of reasons.

The city’s code enforcement officer is working with the property owners to clean up these vacant properties and to post them with “no trespassing” signs.

More in News

Three dog afternoon | Island scanner

Tuesday, May 19 At 5:46 p.m., a caller reported that a Greenbank… Continue reading

Clinics scheduled to reopen next week

WhidbeyHealth is reopening several of its primary and specialty care clinics starting… Continue reading

Man accused of sending child porn

A 38-year-old Oak Harbor man is being held in jail after he… Continue reading

Man charged with raping teenager

An Anacortes resident is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at… Continue reading

Island triathlon taking on virtual format this year

For the first time in its history, the Whidbey Island Triathlon will… Continue reading

Veterinary clinic in Oak Harbor celebrating 40th anniversary

Best Friends Veterinarian Center in Oak Harbor celebrated its 40th anniversary last… Continue reading

Local libraries adapt programs to support social distancing

Even with all locations closed to the public because of COVID-19, the… Continue reading

‘Fascist paradigm” bemoaned | Island Scanner

Thursday, May 14 At 5:26 a.m., a Main Street resident reported seeing… Continue reading

One-shoe man breaks into Burger King, cooks food

A man broke into Burger King in Oak Harbor overnight and cooked… Continue reading

Most Read