Residents on Woods Creek Way in Columbia have contacted law enforcement and the Tuolumne County codes office to see what can be done about a dump site near their homes.

The property is near Yankee Hill Road, about two miles from Columbia State HistoricPark.

Sara Pinckney, county code compliance administrator, said she could not release any information about an open case.

"As to abandoned vehicles, we refer people to the sheriff's vehicle abatement program," she said.

Two calls were made to dispatchers last week, according to Sheriff’s Office logs.

There are several abandoned cars and two trailers on the property. The building visible from Woods Creek Way has broken windows and doors and is surrounded by scrap metal, old tires, furniture and garbage. Approximately 100 yards down Woods Creek Way, on the same property, is a dump site piled with household garbage, large appliances, including a refrigerator and four washing machines and a commercial ice storage bin like those seen at gas stations.

Barbara Barendregt, a Re/Max Gold Broker Associate, said, speaking as a Realtor, “The accumulation of garbage and abandoned vehicles drastically reduces surrounding property values and intimidates and deters perspective buyers," she said. 

The property is for sale for $599,000. The listing agent declined to talk about the property and referred questions to the owners, who could not be reached for comment.

— Maggie Beck 

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