A civic pig sty is no longer.
Woodburn Police and Public Works departments conducted an abatement procedure at an untidy Laurel Avenue property that had become nothing less than an eyesore to the surrounding area.
City of Woodburn spokesman Tommy Moore noted that the residence was in continuous violation of multiple ordinances with abandoned vehicles, piled up trash, foul odors, right-of-way obstructions and conditions that were ripe for attracting rodents.
The city's code-enforcement officials and police made multiple contacts with occupants of the residence over the course of several months, advising that the situation is in violation of city codes and must be cleaned up.
After numerous citations and no indication of compliance forthcoming, the city initiated the abatement process.
Moore said the solid-waste management company Republic Services contributed a "generous donation of personnel and equipment" to the effort by removing and transporting an "overwhelming amount" of trash and other refuse from the site. Additionally, the Marion County Public Works Environmental Services Division donated free disposal of all garbage removed from the property.
Woodburn tow company Baker and Baker Towing and Crane also coordinated with the effort by removing two junked RVs, one junked pickup truck and two trailers from the property.
"Thanks to the coordination and assistance of all the listed departments, and community partners, the abatement took just one day for completion," Moore said.
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