Donations may cover all the costs

Del Norte County supervisors today will revisit the issue of posting "no trespassing" signs on a 3.5-acre site near Walmart that has been recently cleaned.

After supervisors balked at paying $2,100 to post signs necessary to close off access during a June 25 meeting, county staff members will approach them with the idea of partnering with one or more volunteer groups to help pay for the signs, according to the county staff report. The property sits on the north side of Washington Boulevard between the Hidden Creek Apartments and Walmart.

To comply with the California Penal Code forbidding trespassing or loitering, 12 signs would have to be posted on the property, according to County Code Enforcement Officer Dave Mason.

Supervisor Roger Gitlin said the cost of posting 50 metal "no trespassing" signs has been covered by the Del Norte County Sheriff's Association and anonymous donors. The signs will cost a total of $462 rather than the $2,100 cited by county staff, he said.

"It'll be at no cost to the county," Gitlin said Monday. "We expect this measure to post 'no trespassing' signs will be approved tomorrow."

Working two weekends in a row, volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 1077 and Our Daily Bread Ministries removed 20 cubic yards of debris from the property, Gitlin said. Debris included empty alcohol bottles, clothing, makeshift shelters and syringes.

The Del Norte County Code Enforcement Division allocated $1,100 to pay for disposal costs. Walmart donated $400 toward the cleanup effort.

Supervisors unanimously gave their support to the Boy Scouts' project, but a motion to pay $2,100 for signs died for lack of a second. According to supervisors, other county-owned property has been blighted due to criminal activity and needs attention as well.

Mason said sheriff's Commander Tim Athey brought the condition of the property to his attention in March. Because access to the site isn't restricted, people often use the area to hide from police, he said.

The county acquired the property in 2008. A tributary of Elk Creek meanders through the site, which primarily consists of riparian and upland vegetation, according to the county's staff report. The trash and other debris that have been dumped pose a threat to that tributary, according to staff.

In other matters, supervisors will discuss possible improvements to Harold Street between Washington Boulevard and Hoover Avenue. Supervisors will also discuss the list of road projects from 2013-14 through 2015-16.

The Board meets at 10 a.m. at the Flynn Administrative Building, 981 H St., in Crescent City. Agendas are available at

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