Messes in Mill Creek Canyon

Thank you for your very informative article (“Cleaning up Mill Creek Canyon to cost city as much as $800,000,” Nov. 20) on the current efforts to clean up the homeless encampments and dumped trash from lazy Kent citizens in the Mill Creek Canyon.

You ended your article with a very important message that, if the Kent Police and Kent Parks Department don’t change the way they do things, that we will be soon spending another $500,000 to clean it all over again.

I found (on Dec. 2) another homeless encampment in an area that Clean Harbors cleaned first. It had been there for some time because they had accumulated five shopping carts there, a wood cabinet and other stuff, and were starting to dump trash down the canyon wall again. But in the time that it took to accumulate that many shopping carts, the Kent Police and Kent Parks Department were not doing their job because they were totally unaware of it. So Clean Harbors is going back to clean that mess and it will cost us about $3,000 more.

It’s just so frustrating for Kent citizens to know what needs to be done — to even tell those responsible what needs to be done — and then see them just on their butts in their police cars or behind their office desks and do nothing again.

How do we get them to start stepping up and become proactive so that messes are kept small?

Tim Brown, Kent

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