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Trash, vandal trouble in the Illahee Forest

The Illahee Forest trash dumpers strike again.

Residents of Thompson Lane and volunteers of the Illahee Forest believed the trash dumping in the Illahee Forest would cease after the gate and security system was installed, but it has not. Just recently someone dumped several bags of trash outside the entrance of Thompson Lane.

“It’s rather discouraging to see it happen, seeing as all the work the volunteers have done,”said Irwin Krigsman, Illahee Forest volunteer.

Since the guardrails have been put up, residents and volunteers have seen a major decrease of dumping in that area.

In a separate incident a resident, who wished to not have his name published, found the recently installed gate stuck in the open position on July 30 with a pallet wedged in the gate. The gated driveway is the sole entrance to the homes on Thompson Lane.

A car with front-end damage which is believed to have tried to ram the gate was found abandoned in one of the parking stalls. A note was found on the gate key pad that said, “Not all residents have a key card, please by conciderate (sic) til this is remedied. Thank you.”

“This is all very frustrating, nothing has been done,” the resident said.

He is not sure if the cameras are functioning and as of yesterday, the gate was not fixed. Cris Gears, director of Kitsap County Facilities, Parks and Recreation, was unable to be reached by press time.

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