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When Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) packed up their equipment and left town, they didn’t take everything with them.

Gavin McClaskey found 40 yards of dirt and rubble in the basement of his family’s building.

The debris was found directly below Sunflower Flats’ store and assumed to have gathered there during the construction of the road and sidewalk directly above.

McClaskey presented photos of the mess to the Tillamook City Council at their meeting on Sept. 16. He said he was searching for answers on what is being done to remove the rubble.

Currently, the closest access to the rubble is a small hatch from street level.

Mayor Suzanne Weber told McClaskey that she had contacted and forwarded his photos on to ODOT contacts, and requested that he respond to her if he did not hear something back within a day.

“I commend you for being so composed through this,” Councilor Rebekah Hopkins said to McClaskey.

ODOT said the debris in the Tillamook Apartments basement was there when the project began. The agency said it moved a wall and the debris was in the contractor’s work zone. A worker for the property owner moved the debris out of the ODOT work zone so the agency's contractor could build the new concrete wall.

ODOT spent more than $30 million on the total project and according to Tony R. Snyder with the department of transportation, the agency is proud of the improvement to the transportation system and the transformation of the City of Tillamook downtown core. The Headlight Herald is happy to set the record straight.

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