Disrespect of a higher level

Frank Gale
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Debris dumped at cemetery site

This debris, a combination of old materials and new cuttings from a deck, was recently dumped at Hillside Interfaith Cemetery in Stephenville.

The latest theft of a video surveillance camera is not as bothersome to Mayor Tom O’Brien as recent indiscriminate dumping at Hillside Interfaith Cemetery located on the outskirts of the town.

The camera, reported stolen on Thursday, was owned by the town of Stephenville and is one of the tools in the municipality’s arsenal of technology aimed at stopping indiscriminate dumping. It is the second camera of this type stolen this year.

Unfortunately that camera wasn’t one of the new ones, which are in undisclosed locations in wooded and other areas.

O’Brien said new cameras the town recently purchased and had put out in different locations can transmit a picture as its being taken.

“That means if you see a camera and decide to take it, you’re picture has already been transmitted to a monitor,” he said.

But what irks O’Brien the most was the cemetery dumping of materials from an old deck of a home.

“It’s one thing to go up an old woods road or some abandoned road and indiscriminately dump off debris, but when it comes to dumping in a cemetery, you’re bringing disrespect to a higher level,” he said.

Geographic location: Stephenville

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