I felt it was necessary to clarify some things:
1. The Police Department does not make decisions concerning who can be where. But we do enforce the decision of a property owner or manager to remove unwanted guests. You become unwanted when you fail to respect another person’s property or are disruptive.
2. One person starting a fire did not cause everyone to be banned from the property. It was merely the straw that broke the camels back. At the direction of the property owner we have asked and then told the persons who hang out not to make a mess with the expectation that someone else should have to clean up after you. Yet the group continues to leave trash on the ground. They have also asked repeatedly for groups to leave the wash bays open for customers who want to use the car wash which has gotten better. This is part of their business. Be respectful of another person’s property. Don’t throw trash on the ground! There are trash cans very near by. And don’t block the business from making money. That’s why they are there.
3. The Square is open to the public. No one has been banned from the square, to my knowledge, since 2011. One officer who is no longer employed here admitted to running kids off the square. I was not made aware of this until within the last 6 months.
The only way you will be asked to leave the square is if you are there after curfew, continually making a mess and leaving it, or being disruptive to others.
The pictures attached show why Conoco no longer wants teens congregating on their lot.
Food containers, drink cups, cigarette butts, and this time ashes from a fire. (Parents please note the cigarette butts.) All left for someone else to clean up. Over and over again.
Some claim they want something to do in De Witt. But some have made it clear that if it was there, they would just treat it like a dump. There are new businesses here aimed at the younger crowd. We should support them the best we can and encourage more new businesses.