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Voice: Looking for solution to cleanup citations

April 08, 2002

I have a real problem, and I hope you or your readers can help me to find a solution.

I own the former New Star Market building and the empty lot to the west of it, which comprises a total of 3 1/4 acres.

For the third time since we have gone out of business, I have had to dig down deep and pay in excess of $1,000 to have it cleaned up because of the city citing me. The year before, I spent about the same amount having the same thing done. One time someone came along and dumped some toxic waste material on my property and I also had to pay for that cleanup.

I have gone to the expense of having a fence erected around part of the premises. I have gone to the expense of having large "No Dumping" signs made and erected, only to have them rammed down. I cannot afford to hire a security guard to watch it the entire time. It appears now I may have to go to the expense to have the entire premises fenced in.

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I am aware the city places a large Dumpster at Bucklin Park for dumping purposes. However, I believe this is only once a year. People are cleaning out and dumping all year ‘round. Why cannot the city place these at various locations throughout the Valley once a month and not just once a year?

I have been a resident of El Centro for almost 65 years. When I was in business I did my best to serve the people honestly and to the best of my ability. I love the Imperial Valley and most of its people, but when things like this happen, one cannot help but become somewhat embittered. Payment for these cleanups and citations are coming out of personal funds, and unless you or your readers can come up with some suggestions, this situation will go on and on.

EDDIE WONG

El Centro

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