Clarence O’Neill, owns property behind Kmart and East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue. He doesn’t want the homeless encampment there and is looking to sell the property.
He and a sheriff’s deputy went on the property several months ago, he says:
A Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy came out with me and looked over that property and the property adjacent to it. I didn’t hear back from them, but I assume they were going back that night with a police dog to chase them out, but I don’t know what the result of that was.
He’s worried about illegal activity:
I’m afraid they’ll set up a methamphetamine lab or something and it’ll cost me a fortune to clean it up.
He tries to keep them out but is often unsuccessful:
I had some signs on the fence – private property, no trespassing – but I don’t know if they’re still there. I haven’t been there for a few weeks.