Monday, September 16th kicked off the first of operation of the new Greene County emergency dispatching center, Greene Central. All ran smoothly, but it leaves area towing companies stewing over an unresolved issue regarding the towing call list implemented by Sugarcreek Township and the Sugarcreek Police Department. Parson’s Towing and Johnson’s Towing attended the most recent Sugarcreek Township meeting to again voice their concerns and frustrations.
During the August 19th Sugarcreek Township meeting, a discussion regarding the police chief’s decision to cut Greene County Towing companies from the call list for Sugarcreek and make Sandy’s towing its only service. After hearing the frustrations and conferring with the trustees, within days after the meeting, the roller coaster ride resolved when Parsons’ Towing and Moorman’s Towing was added back onto the rotation list, at least that was their understanding.
“Even though we were added to the call list as of September 6th at 6 p.m., we still have not received a call,” Parson said as he approached the Trustees.
During Monday night’s meeting, Chief of Police, Michael Brown confirmed that Parson’s Towing and Moorman’s Towing were in fact added, but only backups to Sandy’s Towing.
“If there is an incident where we cannot get a hold of Sandy’s or they cannot handle it, then we will go to one of the backups,” said Chief Brown. “We expect them [Sandy’s] to let us know if they are not able to handle it they let us know so we can call someone else and if there is a habit of them not responding in a timely manner then we will look elsewhere for another service.”
The fact that they were added to the list as backups, fueled the fire and created more frustration and confusion. “I don’t see the need to pad one company’s pocket when you have other companies that can respond and do a good job for you. We’ve never done a bad job for Sugarcreek Township. We’ve always been there 20 minutes or less,” Parson continued.
Some members of the board sympathize with Mr. Parson and believe there is more than enough work to be put back on a rotation and not a backup system. “I’ve known Moorman’s for a longtime and my first feeling and reaction is we need to keep it in Greene County,” said Nadine Daughtery. “I am always rooting for the little guy. I think if we put Sandy’s on the top of the list, no one else will get called.”
Sugarcreek averages about 225 tows a year and the need for a company that can handle large catastrophic accidents is rare. In fact, most of the accidents can be handled by smaller towing companies.
Each municipality is allowed to create their own call list and decide how they want to handle the call list. Currently, Bellbrook is on rotation with Parson’s Towing, Moorman’s Towing, Hollis Towing and Sandy’s Towing. Xenia has a rotation list that includes Johnson’s Towing, Moorman’s Towing and Rick’s Towing. The Greene County Sheriff’s office is on a rotation with Parson’s Towing and Rick’s Towing for the Xenia area. Beavercreek has a city contract with WW Towing.
“I agree that with the three companies that we have should be put on a rotation. With that being said, I back our chief. This was a sound business decision,” said Sugarcreek Township trustee, Michael Pittman.
The Sugarcreek Township trustees have decided to discuss the issue with Greene Central to explore the options with their office, discuss the issue in a special session and hopefully have a decision in a week or two.