CAMDEN — Village Council discussed the placement of trash cans on local streets and read a letter praising Police Chief Matt Spurlock and other local law enforcement officers during its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 18.
As previously reported by The Register-Herald, officers arrested three men with ties to Preble County for crimes related to the theft of a semi-truck on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Trenton police officers and Preble County Sheriff’s deputies assisted with the investigation after the vehicle, stolen from a parking lot in Camden, was located in Trenton using GPS technology.
The officers questioned a Trenton man after learning the truck had been parked near his residence. Chief Spurlock then witnessed the arrival of a Preble County resident with a history of drug offenses; another local man was later found loitering on the original suspect’s property. The men are expected to face charges including receiving stolen property and felony theft.
“We wanted to reach out and express our sincere gratitude for a job well done,” Best One Tire and Service of Mid-America owner Alex Scott said in a letter addressed to Camden and Trenton Police Departments and the Preble County Sheriff’s Department.
“Within hours of calling this in and coordinating departments in two different cities, our truck and tools were recovered,” the letter continues. “This swift action both made our company whole again and put the person(s) involved into custody. Words can’t express how gracious we are for the professionalism, true grit and determination to make this unfold the way it did.”
The letter specifically thanks a number of individuals, including Spurlock, Camden police officer Matt Taylor and K9 officer Major, Preble County Sheriff’s dispatcher Brandi Smith, and several Trenton PD officers.
“Thank you for all you did for us on this, and continue to do for our community in the days to come,” the letter concludes.
Council member Jeff Steele questioned why residents’ trash cans are being placed on Main Street in the village when an alley runs behind most of the homes on the street.
Village Administrator Rusty Wilson said that Rumpke drivers “try to avoid the alleys” because of issues including obstacles that make them difficult to navigate and alleys not being built to support the weight of the company’s trucks.
Council member Debbie Hickman agreed with Steele.
“I’ll switch to the alley to get other people to do it if I have to, because I don’t like the cans being out in the street,” Hickman said.
Steele liked Hickman’s proposal.
“That way nobody has to be the trash can cop,” Steele said.
Issues with empty cans being left to roll around in the street, as well as trash from overflowing cans, cans without lids and communal recycling containers creating an eyesore in local streets and parks, have been brought up during a number of previous meetings.
Council member Kelly Doran, who was not present for Thursday’s meeting, previously suggested drafting an ordinance to try and combat the problem. Though some questioned who would be in charge of enforcing such an ordinance, Doran held firm.
“I’m just tired of the mess,” Doran said during council’s September 2020 meeting.
Wilson indicated he would speak to Rumpke about possibly moving trash cans on Main St. into the alley.
Village Council meetings take place the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Camden Town Hall.
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