Open culvert worries Bird Rock residents

Bird Rock residents are trying to figure out what to do to protect people from an open culvert at the end of Wrelton Drive being described as “an accident waiting to happen.”

“It’s the opinion of the BRCC (Bird Rock Community Council) and residents that it’s a dangerous condition, a definite hazard,” said Joe Parker, president of BRCC, at the advisory group’s April 6 meeting to discuss the culvert, constructed on either side of a sidewalk in a parkway a couple of years ago by the city.

Parker said pedestrians or bicyclists might stray into the area and injure themselves crossing over the culvert.

Asked about fixing the problem, Parker said the city’s response has always been: “There’s no money.” In the meantime, orange netting was installed more than a year ago to warn passers-by.

But some say it might be time to try a new approach to solving the problem. “My suggestion is we consider private funding or donations for some type of grating, or a concrete lid or something that would take away the problem,” Parker said.

Recycling event

Residents were also told they need to start digging unwanted items out of their closets and storerooms for one neighborhood’s first-ever curbside recycling event at 8 a.m. April 21.

A specially equipped Packer Truck will be picking up cast-off items from the area bounded by Camino de la Costa and Colima Street on the north and south, and La Jolla Hermosa Avenue and Waverly Avenue on the east and west.

Jose Ysea, public information officer for the city’s Department of Environmental Services, said the free mini-community cleanup and recycling event in Bird Rock is meant to serve residents in defined pockets in the city.

“It gives them an opportunity to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of materials that you obviously wouldn’t be able to fit in a normal garbage bin,” he said. “Just place your items at curbside, and the truck crew will manually pick them up.”

Items accepted for recycling include appliances, TVs, computer monitors, VCRs, lawn mowers free of oil and gas, metals, wood and yard trimmings bundled and tied, carpeting, junk furniture, mattresses and palm fronds.

Unacceptable items include all light bulbs and tubes; dirt or construction rubble; hazardous wastes, including paint, motor oil and batteries; propane tanks or gas cylinders; and tires.

“It’s a fantastic program and a wonderful opportunity to clean out our homes and garages,” Parker said. “This first pickup is hopefully one of multiple phases in the neighborhood. I was surprised they (city) reached out to Bird Rock, given the budgetary issues.”

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