Mayor vows person who dumped debris in cemetery will be charged

Gary Kean
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Some of the debris from a section of a residential deck is seen 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.

He vowed that the person who did the dumping at the cemetery will be caught and charged as the town has some evidence in relation to the incident.

O’Brien said all this technology related to putting cameras out comes with a cost, but this illegal activity has to be curbed. He said the technology is working as there is a reduction in the amount of this activity happening and it shouldn’t be happening at all.

There are a number of cases of people who were charged with indiscriminate dumping at different levels in the court system now and the mayor expects there will be more charges before it’s stopped.

“The new cameras are multiplying and I want people to know that because we are committed to stopping this indiscriminate dumping,” he said.

He thanked the majority of residents, who O’Brien said are not involved in this type of activity and get rid of their debris the proper way.

Geographic location: Stephenville

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