Johnstown Independent

Monroe Township

Litterbug makes deal with trustees to avoid arrest


Monroe Township trustee Troy Hendren said the township worked with the Licking County Sheriff's Office to catch a litterbug who had been dumping large amounts of trash and debris on the township's rural roads.

Hendren said roughly eight large loads of trash were dumped in various areas of Monroe Township.

When the litterbug was apprehended, he said, he and fellow trustees Joey Robertson and Jackie Hatten decided that placing him under arrest and charging him was not the answer.

"The young guy agreed to make restitution for $1,700," said Hendren, adding that the person was young enough that Hendren preferred not to release his name. "We paid (Big 'O' Refuse) to pick it up, and that's what we paid them."

Hendren said the litterer was clearing trash and debris from foreclosed homes and was supposed to haul it to a legitimate trash dump. To save on time and transportation expenses, he decided to deposit the trash randomly along township roads, Hendren said. He said the litterer confessed to the incidents and acted alone, so under the circumstances, the trustees decided to call it a lesson learned and not press charges as long as the litterer pays the $1,700.

"We're good with him," Hendren said.

In other matters:

* Hendren said Monroe Township's new website should be online in about a month. He's not sure of the exact address yet, though, he said.

* The Monroe Township Fire Department is expected to receive a new ambulance, which is under construction.

Fire Chief Dudley Wright said the new ambulance would replace a 2003 model that has more than 100,000 miles.

"The approximate cost of the replacement is $125,000, which is almost exactly what we paid for the 2003 (model) 10 years ago," he said.

* Hendren said the township is moving forward with planning a 40-by-60-foot materials storage building. Once built (a timeline is yet to be established), Hendren said, the existing storage building in the old section of Green Hill Cemetery would be razed, leaving room for more space for burial plots, which could generate significant income for the township in the long run. The space also could be used for a new park area for visitors, he said.

"The thing's just falling down," Hendren said.

He said the new storage building, which will hold salt, road grit and soil, would be built elsewhere on the cemetery grounds.