Illegal dumps should be reported for investigation


A passerby found an illegal dump on Jasper-Dubois Road just north of Steinbottom Road in mid-May.

The person took photos, discovered someone’s name in the trash, and then cleaned up the mess.

And while that was a good thing to do, it would have been better for the person to just report the site, said Carla Striegel-Winner, director of the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District.

“We encourage people that when they find a dump to leave it so that we can investigate it,” she said during trash court in front of the Dubois County Commissioners Monday.

The dumping was of construction and piping waste. The sheriff’s office gave an incident report and the evidence to the solid waste district, which is in charge of investigating such incidents.

The person whose name was in the trash, David Hall, appeared and said that he believes the waste was from his Dubois property; he owns the home, but does not live there.

“I didn’t know this happened until I got the complaint,” he said.

Hall explained that his grandson and a friend of the grandson cleared out the garage at the Dubois property. They were supposed to take it to Hall’s garage in Kentucky. He had no idea that they did this instead, he said.

“I’m taking the blame. I’m sorry it happened,” Hall said. “He was raised better than this.”

The commissioners decided to fine Hall $250, which includes costs for the investigation. It must be paid within 60 days.

The commissioners also:

• Hired Taylor Moya of Vincennes as a 911 dispatcher. Taylor will start Aug. 26, 911 Director Jeana Mathies said.

• Approved hiring Kendrick Knieriem and John Hemmer as drivers for the county highway department.

• Heard that there are four candidates for county veterans service officer. The person will replace Bob Johnson, who plans to retire.

• Extended the local disaster emergency declaration to Monday, Sept. 8. The declaration gives county officials the authority to take emergency measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It also puts the county in place for receiving state and federal assistance if that becomes available.

• Approved the Rivers Edge Subdivision, which is a subdivision of seven cabins next to the White River in Harbison Township. The land has been owned by one owner for more than 30 years, and each cabin is leased, said Corey Bettag of Cash Waggner. The owner plans to sell each plot of land to the person leasing the property, Bettag explained.

• Heard from Commissioners President Chad Blessinger that the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council’s third annual Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil will be held next week. The vigil, which is in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at 18th Street Park in Ferdinand.

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