THERMAL – An unsightly  31-acre vacant lot in Thermal that contained large piles of green waste, tires and rubbish has been cleaned up. The owner’s clean-up efforts bring the parcel into compliance, reducing blight and the fire potential.

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Green waste case near the intersection of Avenue 52 and Fillmore Street.

Approximately 500 tons of material were removed from the property, private land located along Avenue 52, west of Fillmore Street, in the community of Thermal.

The cleanup was completed after the property was referred to the Riverside County Combustible Materials Taskforce. The taskforce inspected it, found it to be in violation and issued a cease and desist letter.

This isn’t the first cleanup of its kind.

T less than three months at the beginning of the year, Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez had hosted nine community clean-up events in the Fourth District.

The cleanup events were held in Thousand Palms, Indio Hills, Desert Edge/Sky Valley, Carver Tract, Mesa Verde, Bermuda Dunes, and North Shore. On Saturday, there will be two more of what have become signature events for the popular supervisor.

Code Enforcement Department, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, and the Riverside County Office of County Counsel. The departments are working to identify properties in the county’s jurisdiction with green waste and dumping and expedite clean-up of these high priority areas.
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After the green waste was removed.

“This is a major clean-up and a victory for all,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It is our goal to get areas with mulch and trash and tires cleaned up quickly. The taskforce is a new partnership we have formed in order to focus on this.”

To refer a property to the taskforce for inspection, contact the Riverside County Code Enforcement Department at 760-393-3344.

Perez is the chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County as the Fourth District Supervisor. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the Fourth District is the largest geographical district in the county

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  • Green waste: Supervisor Perez
  • After the cleanup: Supervisor Perez
  • Green waste: Supervisor Perez