About seven months after a federal appeals court ruling sidetracked Reedley’s plans to dispose of trash left by the homeless on city-owned property along the Kings River, crews were able to clean out debris left on private property along the east bank of the river south of Manning Avenue.
On April 8 and 9, members of a private cleaning organization collected clothing, baskets, broken furniture, boxes and other items from multiple encampments in wooded locales along the riverside. Reedley Police and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office had a bulldozer stack a trail of dirt to make a path down near the river where the collected trash could be transported up the hill.
Members of the Fresno County Environmental Health department were present to oversee the operation.
Reedley police Sgt. Gary Kincaid said that law enforcement had the permission to clear the debris as it was on private property. However, officials still needed to place signs notifying homeless people and vagrants staying in the area that any personal property collected by the county will be stored for 90 days after the cleanup.
The same sign — posted by the sheriff’s office the morning of April 8 near the encampments — said that “any individuals loitering or residing in this area may be trespassing, and must immediately move off this site and remove any personal property they own.”
For the two days, Fresno County oversaw the cleanup of the area, which included the removal of all individuals, personal property, temporary shelters, junk and/or garbage from the area.
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