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Hazel Dell neighbors frustrated by RV campers, human waste found near sidewalks

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Some neighbors in Hazel Dell are frustrated by a small group of RV campers who have set up along Northeast 8th Avenue, leading to an increase in trash and even human waste near the sidewalks and road.

Two RVs were spotted park along the roadway Thursday evening and neighbors told FOX 12 that other car campers frequently come and go. Several piles of human waste and toilet paper are just inches away from the sidewalk.

“In the last year, it’s been terrible,” neighbor Don Lown said. “You don’t know if you’re safe, you don’t know if your stuff is safe. It’s kind of scary, I don’t want it in my neighborhood.”

Five other neighbors also said they are frustrated by the RVs, but they didn’t want to be identified.

Neighbor Pedro Rivera said he doesn’t mind the company.

“Maybe they have had a lot of struggles in their lives. I don’t know what their history is, but as long as they don’t bother me, I don’t have a problem with it.”

One man said he’s reported the campers to authorities several times to no avail.

Clark County deputies confirmed they’ve taken complaints along the street but said there’s no easy solution to get RV campers to leave.

In Clark County, it’s not illegal to camp along public roads.

Deputies can cite unmoving vehicles as abandoned, thus opening a process where some of them can be forfeited and towed.

However, deputies told FOX 12 that tow companies contracted through the county are often unwilling to move RVs, as the removal process is a cumbersome and expensive job and getting rid of the RVs afterward is also costly.

Keith Butler is one of the campers staying on Northeast 8th Avenue. He said he’s been living out of his RV along the road for about two weeks but has been warned by deputies to move.

Butler said he hopes to move Thursday night.

“Hopefully I’ll keep moving until I can find another (trailer) park or something,” Butler said. “A person with an RV we don’t have anywhere to go but the park," he said.

Clark County residents living outside of incorporated cities can report neighborhood concerns at www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/report-safety-concern.

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