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Roseville resident complains about trash in Highland Reserve

Open space backs up to Walmart’s parking lot
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville residents who take a short walk through a wetland preserve in the Highland Reserve neighborhood will encounter several vernal pools, which provide temporary habitat for frogs and other animal species.

They will also encounter McDonald’s wrappers, cigarette boxes, aluminum cans, plastic bags, water bottles, candy wrappers, straws and shards of glass. This open space, accessible off Garden Park Court east of Washington Boulevard and north of Roseville Parkway, is littered with trash.

Resident Larry Bellucci, who lives on the court, brought this issue to the attention of the Roseville City Council during a recent meeting.

He said people have created a foot path between his neighborhood and the Walmart on Pleasant Grove Boulevard.

“During the warmer and drier months, the foot traffic increases and the problem gets a lot worse,” Bellucci said. “It’s been increasing and is worse year after year.”

Brian Castelluccio, open space manager for the city, said Walmart is not directly responsible for the litter and the city cannot compel the company to remove the trash. He said the city conducts periodic trash sweeps through all preserves.

“We follow up on all trash or illegal dumping concerns and take necessary action to remove the trash and debris,” Castelluccio said. “At this point, we will be investigating this specific issue further. In the meantime, the open space division will be increasing the intervals for trash sweeps within this particular preserve.”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Residents with concerns about excessive litter or illegal dumping should call the city of Roseville at (916) 774-5200.