GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- It was a beautiful day for a clean-up project, that's exactly what crews with the mesa county sheriff's office were doing today. But it's all in an effort to reduce crime and create a safer neighborhood.
The sheriff's office along with union pacific railroad are clearing the area between 32 ½ road and 33 ½ road adjacent to the railroad tracks south of F road in clifton.
Deputies say this area had a huge homeless issue and residents nearby were afraid a fire could quickly spark and get out of control.
Both residents and business owners from the nearby peach tree shopping center have made multiple reports to law enforcement about illegal activity in that area.
"Deputies have responded to multiple calls initiated by citizens and just by our proactive work because we recognize this is a problem area…these people that are camping illegally here are also causing some safety concerns... creating trespassing violations, public urination issues and they have some aggressive behavior,” says Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Bouton.
In total the project costs around 30 to 40 thousand dollars.