Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Diane Burgis is seeking to prevent the continued dumping of vehicles on property owned by BNSF Railway Company in Knightsen.
Most notably, there is an RV parked on the property that they are seeking to have removed.
According to a July 28 letter to Don Maddy, executive director at BNSF Railway Company, the letter charges BNSF of allowing their property to become dumping ground.
The letter says:
“Your property has become a dumping ground and is a public nuisance for the Town of Knightsen and those who drive through it. The community has had to deal with not only the abandoned RV on your property, but also a stolen ATM Machine and now another RV with squatters.”
according to Lea Castleberry, Deputy Chief of Staff, the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office has already removed the ATM machine, however, illegal dumping is also now occurring on the site and becoming a problem to residents of Knightsen.
Supervisor Burgis stated the railway company has a responsibility to keep their property up to code.
“The Town of Knightsen is a small country community with a population of just over 1500, most born and raised in Knightsen,” said Supervisor Burgis. “This community takes great pride in where they live. Those who moved to Knightsen chose this community because of its ‘small-town feel’ and no person or community should have to deal with looking at this abandoned and now vandalized recreational vehicle that centers their small-town community. The Railroad has a responsibility to the community as a property owner to keep their land up to code, and I will hold them to it.”
As of August 9, BNSF has not taken any action on the property according to Castleberry.