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Roachdale makes space for towing

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ROACHDALE -- The Roachdale Town Council talked to the owner of S & S Towing Tuesday night about a possible impound lot.

Steve Collisi told the council about his intentions to use a lot just north of the Casey's General Store where the old grain elevator was. The land is currently owned by Kurt Ramsey, who has worked out an agreement with Collisi to rent half of the property to store cars collected from accidents, impounds and abandoned properties

(Editor's note: The original story incorrectly stated that S & S had a contract with the Roachdale Police Department. What it should have said is that like other towing firms, S & S hopes to be on the Putnam County rotation list for towing services to be called to accident scenes by dispatch).

Collisi asked the council if there were any requirements he was required to fulfill.

Board president William Long and fellow member Barbara Scott asked only that the area not look like a "junkyard," asking that it be fenced off with sheet metal and the area in general kept in good clean condition.

Greg Poole, town superintendent, mentioned to the board that they cannot approve the action yet though. Poole is required to check whether the property is over any part of the town's well head. If it is, cars may leak fluids into the ground that could contaminate the water supply.

The board will approve the use of the area during its next monthly meeting in December.

The board will allow Sherry Labs to test the town's water supply at a reduced rate. The town saved $100, bringing the total to $850, by approving the action before the new year.

The board also announced the date and time of Christmas in Roachdale, an event sponsored by Roachdale businesses. It will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the town square.

The Roachdale VFW post will have food and a visit from Santa Claus and other businesses will offer food, drinks, games and prizes.

The board also approved the purchase of a new utility truck with a utility bed. Poole said he needed a truck with a bed to make it easier to make repairs to the gas lines and get to calls faster. The truck will also have a plow on the front to help in the winter. It will cost $34,415 before a possible trade-in with one of the town's older trucks.

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Oh good, a junk yard w/a sheet metal fence won't look too bad.......just crappy. How long will the

"cars collected from accidents, impounds and abandoned properties" remain there? Will the "owner of S & S Towing" even try to get rid of these cars etc in a timely manner? Think of Avon and how icky LKQ looks on US36. Even with the sheet metal fence and the general cleanliness of the business it isn't a pretty sight. Sorry it doesn't sound good at all.....hopefully something else can be worked out. Also do not want the ground to have anything hazardous leaking from the abandoned cars etc.

-- Posted by sosorry on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 10:30 AM

Ok Roachdale town board sounds like we should of voted you all out!!! Roachdale do not let this board make yet another crazy move we don't need to make out town look any more trashy and think of them home it will be put next to wow And a new truck We have 12 guys employed in the town now just give them all shovels for the snow!!

-- Posted by Crazyguy on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 1:14 PM


-- Posted by jcromwell1 on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 3:14 PM

Will there be a need to change the zoning for said business? Will the EPA be monitoring the ground for leaking oil,gas,transmission fluid antifreeze and brake fluid. Too many questions need to be answered.Crazyguy I couldn't agree more about the snow shovels. Not sure the town needs a 34,000.00 vehichle to make it quicker to get to calls. The town is mere dot in size. I believe the new truck will become a personal ride for someone at the taxpayers cost.

-- Posted by jakeboy on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 6:34 PM

I am a very concerned citizen of the town of Roachdale. They are talking about putting money and effort towards making a tow yard. What in the world is in the mind of these (Board Members) think they are doing. Our town is broke, about to fold up completly and to drum up business we are going to now have a tow yard. we have way bigger issues here, and now they are talking about buying another work truck. What is wrong with the one they have? It doesnt have no get up and go or what? A new one will not get them there any faster. OMG what a reason to spend $34,415.00. The town does not have it to spend. WE ARE BROKE!!!

-- Posted by Roachdale Resident on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 9:57 PM

Yet another stupid call by the Roachdale Town board! A towing lot??? really? why dont you just start parking these impound vehicals in the yards of one of the meny falling down abandon houses. its not like Roachdale has enough eye sores as it is.. lets add another one! And does the town really need a 34,000.00 new truck so thy can get to calls faster? Why dont you just use the police car it goes 160 miles an hour! This town board is yet again screwing the town of Roachdale out of money it does not have!

-- Posted by indiana_girl on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 8:17 AM

I don't beleive the town board would approve such a business to go in Roachdale. I could see it if it was outside of town where it could be far back off the road where it wouldn't be seen. We don't need another eyesore in town, we have enough trashy non lived in homes already. I would think the town board would be working on cleaning up the town not making it worse. I don't think Greg Poole needs a new truck the one the town has will get him to his sites fast enought, the towns not that big. It's sad that the board dosen't work for the good of the town instead of the good of the town workers, who don't even live in town!!

-- Posted by Roachdale Home Town Girl on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 5:48 PM

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