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Woman still seeking cleanup


Becky Billups was back at the Grand Coulee City Council to complain about how her neighborhood on Burdin Boulevard is getting cluttered up with junk cars and debris.

She raised concerns early in the year when she appeared before the council to describe the collection of junk in her neighborhood as looking like a “ghetto.”

Billups has appeared routinely before the council asking that the city do something about the collection of junk near her home.

She has told the council that the places in question have been somewhat cleaner since she started her complaints.

However, Tuesday night she registered a new complaint as she explained to Mayor Chris Christopherson and the council, “All I want is a clean neighborhood.”

She related how that in the dark of night neighbors bring in old cars and stash them around the area.

Council members wanted to know if the people parked these cars on their own property. Billups replied, “I don’t know.”

Mayor Christopherson has repeatedly assured Billups that the city is interested in her concerns and is trying to do something about it.

“I appreciate the police driving by as often as they do.” Billups said. “I don’t always feel safe in my home.”

Billups said that she has a loaded gun at her bedside and would use it.

That brought a quick response from the mayor, who told her if she doesn’t feel safe or feels threatened that she should call 911, “and someone will be right there.

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