Letters to the Editor

Corral the shopping carts

I have visited with a number of Federal Way residents on the subject of abandoned shopping carts in the Federal Way area. Every one of them are as concerned as I am about this issue. In fact, some of them asked that I send my concerns to Mayor Jeanne Burbidge about it, so I sent her an e-mail over a month ago.

All of the abandoned shopping carts are an eyesore on the community and there should be something done about it. The city is spending countless dollars to improve the “downtown” area and has ordinances in place requiring new businesses and buildings to have a greenbelt buffer. The city has also spent money for a “new image” city logo and required businesses to replace old high-standing business signs with smaller ones. There are plans in place to spend more of the city’s money on other improvement projects, yet this one eyesore is being ignored, in my opinion.

We lived in the city of Pittsburg, Calif. for a few years and they had the same problem. However, they attacked it head-on and have eliminated it. A copy of their ordinance with regard to shopping carts can be found on the city of Pittsburg Web site (http://ordlink.com/codes/pittca/index.htm). You have do a search for grocery or shopping carts to get to the ordinance.

Let’s take all the shopping carts off the streets and sidewalks and put them back where they belong.

R.E. Lundgren

Federal Way

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