Eight days since the mangled trailer dumped on the street alongside Riverview Playfield was tagged with a three-day warning – and it’s still there. It came up at last night’s Highland Park Action Committee/Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting (full meeting report to come); commenters on our previous report believe it can be traced to a house on Puget Ridge. We went back a short time ago to check on its status, and found two people talking nearby: One was a Seattle Parks employee who said she’s been working to find out what can/will be done about it; she said she has talked with the area’s Community Police Team officer and is also contacting Seattle Public Utilities, since they deal with illegal dumping, but she said she has no answers yet. The other person was a man who said he wanted to salvage the tires off the trailer, but appeared to be rethinking that, given the police notice. Meantime, we also have a message out to SPD to see what happens from here.
4:36 PM UPDATE: Haven’t gotten that answer from SPD yet. But we do hear that our friends at KING 5 are picking up the story – Jim Forman is on the case as of about half an hour ago. We suspected it might have attracted citywide-media attention after our tweet during last night’s meeting:
Trashed camper from hell just came up at Highland Park meeting. “My kids keep asking me if there are dead people in there,” one woman said.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 29, 2012
5:40 PM UPDATE: Got a little context from Community Police Team Officer Jon Kiehn – this isn’t a simple tow job because it appears the trailer has debris that could fall off.
Since it’s been abandoned/dumped on SDOT property, that agency has to figure out how to stabilize it for towing. And as we learned during our stop today, Parks has a stake in it too since it’s adjacent to their facility. He’ll be checking tomorrow on the bottom line – how soon it’ll be removed.
6:59 PM UPDATE: Further followup from Officer Kiehn – he’s contacted SPU too, with whom he hopes to work ASAP to get it removed – as soon as the debris are removed so that it can be safely taken away. The delay, he thinks, might have been some crossed wires regarding one department thinking another had it handled. Regarding the issue of who did this and who might own it, he says those who believe they know who it belong(ed/s) to can e-mail him with that info and he’ll contact the suspected owner to investigate: Jonathan.Kiehn@seattle.gov is his address.