Followup: ‘Trashed trailer’ attracting Seattle Parks attention too

November 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm | In Crime, Highland Park, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

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:


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.

18 Comments

  1. Maybe Walter and Jesse dumped it…

    Comment by Val Vashon — 12:26 pm November 29, 2012 #

  2. Thanks for the followup. Maybe people will think twice next time if enough heat gets generated on issues like this.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 12:38 pm November 29, 2012 #

  3. In a perfect world, SPD would publish the dumpers info. I have as much hesitation to drop my refuse off in front of their house as they did mine.

    Comment by WMF — 1:50 pm November 29, 2012 #

  4. And thank you for the follow-up! :)

    Comment by WMF — 1:50 pm November 29, 2012 #

  5. Seems like it got destroyed from a motor vehicle ramming into it maybe those suspected have evidence upon person vehicles

    Comment by DF — 1:59 pm November 29, 2012 #

  6. Hope he does not ‘salvage’ the tires, that will not make towing this pile away any easier or quicker.

    Comment by Delridge Believer — 3:17 pm November 29, 2012 #

  7. Retaliation is so exhausting. I empathize with how it must feel to have that junk in front of your house, but doing it back to them just makes two messes to clean up.

    Comment by sgs — 3:56 pm November 29, 2012 #

  8. Wonder if the salvage guy is the same person who “salvaged” the tires and wheels off my neighbors BMW last summer…

    Comment by M — 5:22 pm November 29, 2012 #

  9. Pretty much a good summary of how things work nowadays. Bungee a tarp around it and tow it to sodo where they’ll take it for scrap value for free. Or, alternatively, form a committee, produce an environmental impact statement, conduct an engineering study, hire a contractor to ‘secure’ the load, consult a transportation supervisor, then bring out a chase truck and a flatbed to haul it to a remediation facility. For christ’s sake i’ll go down there and tow the stupid thing myself but by now they’d arrest me for trying.

    Comment by resident — 9:31 pm November 29, 2012 #

  10. I think it blew in from New Jersey!

    Comment by Woodsman — 9:31 pm November 29, 2012 #

  11. Wait till you see what’s coming to our coastlines

    Comment by DF — 10:10 pm November 29, 2012 #

  12. If it’s not gone soon there might be more junk dumped on, in or around it. Highland Park folks have been working hard to make many useful improvements. This is unacceptable PLEASE MOVE IT ASAP before someone throws a match on it.

    Comment by M Flash — 10:58 pm November 29, 2012 #

  13. Information obtained separately by both KING and us suggests strongly that major efforts will be made to get it out of there tomorrow. Anybody who sees removal in progress, please let us know – 206-293-6302, text or voice 24 hours a day – so we can go document it!

    Comment by WSB — 11:09 pm November 29, 2012 #

  14. Tom Leykis!

    Comment by justwow — 6:26 am November 30, 2012 #

  15. This is starting to remind me of Alice’s Restaurant…

    Comment by datamuse — 8:53 am November 30, 2012 #

  16. I live on 18th Ave SW and on the corner of 18th and Brandon, there was a similar trailer in someone’s backyard. I walked by last week and it’s not there, could it be the same one?

    Comment by resident — 9:05 am November 30, 2012 #

  17. Resident – that is the general area mentioned in comments on our first story. Anyone with specifics, again, please contact Officer Kiehn … TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:59 am November 30, 2012 #

  18. you can go to street view in google maps or google earth and see it in the yard of that house on 18th and brandon

    Comment by bob vila — 4:59 pm November 30, 2012 #

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