During the March 18 Garibaldi City Council meeting, a citizen concern was raised about the large amounts of roadside litter on Highway 101. In response, Mayor Judy Riggs organized a community litter patrol.
On Saturday, March 30, a group of nine resident-volunteers walked along both side of Highway 101, from the Ghost Hole view area, north to the Pirate’s Cove Restaurant. They picked up all types of trash thrown from car windows, debris from car accidents, and more. Over 20 large bags were filled for collection by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) workers.
In addition to Mayor Riggs, litter patrol volunteers were Caroline Kelly, Paula Tucker, Lee Sherrill, Joanne Smith, Christie Zerfing, Jim Zerfing and City Councilor Tim Hall.
“Tim encouraged me to bring my concerns to City Council,” said Kelly. “Judy agreed and took action. Highway 101 is beautiful, and people should realize we have to respect it and our community.”
ODOT provided the volunteers with orange safety vest, trash bags, and pincher tools to pick up litter.