By Frank Lockwood
HERMISTON Corrections employees and community service workers filled wheelbarrels Thursday with garbage, carried trash to dumpsters, and hauled old scraps of wood, which they carried, hoisted upon their shoulders.
It was all part of a court-ordered cleanup on Canal Road.
With two code enforcement officers, Larry Rowan and Randy Walker, and code enforcement assistant Sallie McCullough, the county have taken enforcement action against more than 200 properties, removing 33,000 tires, 730 tons of metal and 950 vehicles.
The enforcement officers work closely with the County Solid Waste Committee, local garbage haulers, and transfer station operators, wrecking yards, and recyclers to remove solid waste from properties throughout the county. The Umatilla-Morrow County Community Corrections staff also has provided workers and equipment to help with court-ordered cleanup projects.
Thursdays cleanup began with a typical case where junk and trash accumulated over a number of years: boxes, scrapped fence wire, old canopies and campers, unoccupied mobile homes, junked exercise equipment, an old-fashioned cash register, rusting out in the field. (For the full story see the May 1, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)