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Chad Abshire

Staff Writer

MATEWAN — The Matewan Town Council discusses a theft from the town’s water department at Tuesday’s meeting.

During the water and sewer departments’ presentation, it was revealed that over the last weekend, someone had broken into the water department and stolen a lawnmower and the trailer it was on.

Mayor Sheila Kessler said in a matter-of-fact tone, “And we didn’t have any cameras at the water department.”

The town, unfortunately, did not. However, the theft prompted Tim Collins, with Veolia Water, to look into purchasing a six camera system for approximately $1,883.

“Something bad always happens when the carnival is in town,” Fire Chief Mike Preston said. He was referring to the 63rd annual Magnolia Fair.

“We’ve also been wanting cameras at town hall,” Kessler said. “Because when stuff gets left out back, it gets taken off with.”

Collins said that, ideally, a building next to town hall would be built to store equipment in. He also said that he would call ADT to compare prices.

Kessler asked to see if a claim could be filed for the stolen mower, but Jason Allen, Project Manager with Veolia Water, said that he thought it actually belonged to Veolia, but wasn’t entirely sure.

“It was a zero turn mower worth about $8,000,” Allen told the Daily News. “Someone cut the lock over the weekend, backed a truck up to the trailer and drove away.”

The topic of purchasing a new mower was toyed with, but no action was taken before seeing if a claim could be filed on the stolen one.

“We’re very disappointed with the theft,” Kessler told the Daily News. “We will beef up our security.”

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