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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Mike MacKenzie is worried about Dump 'n' run at the local park and ride lot in a letter to the editor, December 15, 2004
I've used the Park and Ride at South Auburn Street and Colfax Highway for 21 years. It used to require a permit from the Grass Valley Police Department. It had landscaping, garbage cans, and was kept clean.


If you've used this lot in the last several years to commute, go to church, or an event in town, you've seen a significant change. The landscaping is gone, the garbage is in the lot (the cans were removed), and the parking lines are barely visible under the dirt, debris and broken glass. The lot turns to mud when it rains, even though it's paved. Commercial businesses store their vehicles here (illegal), and it's a haven for abandon cars and trucks.


Numerous calls to Grass Valley PD (and a personal visit), CHP and Caltrans have yielded no results as yet, in cleaning up the lot, stopping businesses from operating here, or hauling away the abandon vehicles. Getting the job done takes more than lip service.
Well Mike, we brought the issue up at the Nevada County Transportation Commission meeting on Wednesday. Tom Brannon, Caltrans Project Manager for Nevada County, promised to look in to the problem. I will follow up at our meeting in January, to see if we have made any progress. I agree with you, if we keep our town clean, it sends a message to visitors that we care. Thanks for taking the time to write a letter to the Union expressing your concern. Well Done.

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