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Illegal dump site frustrates nearby residents

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FIELDS LANDING- Gas cans, tires, vacuums, and two trailers are part of an illegal dumpsite that sits on the edge of one neighborhood in Fields Landing. Over the past six months the dump site has grown and nearby residents have had enough.    

"I have to see this everyday,' said Anita Hart, who lives closest to the dump site and can see it from her kitchen window. Hart purchased her home in September and learned that transients had been living in the two trailers next to her home. The transients left, she said, but the trailers and the trash have not.

An old truck sits on cement blocks, the windows of the two trailers are broken and two abandoned boats are filled with garbage. Trash and garbage surrounds the space that sits on public land across from an abandoned, condemned home.

Hart said she has called multiple different county agencies to clean up the dump site, but no one has come forward to clean it up.

I feel like I pay taxes and I'm getting the run around. Everyone's making excuses," Hart said. "There's got to be some progress. This isn't good for any community."

Jefferson Billingsley, Deputy County Counsel with Humboldt County said the county was aware of the issue, and had been forwarded the complaint from Environmental Health. Billingsley said the two trailers will be removed from the area in a week. But, the trash will only be able to be removed if the Board of Supervisors agree to fund the trash removal. Billingsley said the department should address the supervisors at an upcoming meeting in the next month.