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3/21/2013 1:03:00 PM
Letter: Proceeding with trash pickup despite warning


On March 19, one veteran representing many would have been “Occupying” our Arizona Veterans Highway in an attempt to restore the beauty to “America the Beautiful” and honor our veterans. This March 19-20 effort would have been the first phase of a four-day project.

This project was partially conceived and defiantly killed by ADOT and Don Cassano ADOT Ombudsman “Government Relations.”

Jan. 14: In a email sent to me on Monday, Jan. 14, Don Cassano states “Gary, I did not state it was illegal to work in the median. ADOT’s first priority is the safety of those using the highways. ADOT’s insurance covers only permitted activities and does not cover those working in the median. Should you decide to conduct cleanup activities in the medians you will do so at your own risk and if your actions are deemed to be a danger to you or others you may be cited by law enforcement.”

March 18: In an email sent to me a “stern” warning and with a letter from ADOT was sent to me from ADOT dated March 15. This email and the attached letter has caused me to discharge my supporters so as to relieve them of any liability from this effort on my part.

I will proceed on bring attention to our disgraceful Arizona Veterans Highway, Purple Heart Trail and Pearl Harbor Highway until the state of Arizona, ADOT and the Adopt-A-Highway Program puts forth an effort to restore the beauty to “America & Arizona the beautiful.”

Mr. Cassano, ADOT and the Arizona Adopt-A-Highway Program Coordinator need to know that I usually honor my word and keep my promises.

If at any time the decision makers of ADOT and Arizona leaders want to truly partner with me and the supporters of Folksville USA I may be contacted at (928) 202-1186 and FolksvilleUSA@gmail.com.

The time to work together is now. If the economy of Arizona due to tourism, new home buyer and residents plus businesses that bring jobs depends upon what they see on our highways, will they drive on by and go elsewhere?

Ask yourself this question, “Why would you want to vacation, move to, move to and purchase a home, bring a business and jobs to Arizona or any state that is overly burdened with trash? Is the trash on any of our three Arizona veteran’s highways a positive reflection of our state?

Gary Chamberlain


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: ADOT Is Being Safe

Wish I could remember all of the details, but about 6 years ago some folks with Clark County NV detention were cleaning trash along I-15 near Apex. At least two were killed in a horrible roadside accident. Accidents do happen, and in this instance, I agree with ADOT. Folks should not be in the median and cleaning up the trash needs to be done very carefully.
I also don't understand the personal attacks. First, our highways aren't bad compared to many other states and second I am beginning to wonder if this is just a scam to make money by Gary and his cover of FVUSA.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Everybody knows it's the ill eagles trashing our
highways until we give them a drivers licence or
fly over rights.
You make the call

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Not sure what we are supposed to get from this....

While I appreciate the efforts of anyone willing to clean up our beautiful state, I drive all over the state and do not see it as being overly burdened with trash. Yes, there are areas or places where you see trash but overly burdened is stretching it. It's great that you want to go out and clean up sir, but don't look at it so much as the world is out to get you. ADOT most likely has regulations that require them to notify any group doing this sort of thing of the liabilities and dangers. It is wonderful you are willing to do it, regardless but I don't think that it is personal, as you seem to take it.
Also, just another point. I know lots of people who take time to pick up trash when they are on walks or hikes....not everyone is inclined to join a group, such as yours, but it doesn't mean we don't care about our state being beautiful :-)

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Work with not against the system Gary

Mr. Chamberlain's intentions seem good, but he would be so much more effective if he would lighten up and work with, not against, the system.

Don't take yourself so seriously Gary. It'll get done.

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