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Staunton enforcing curfew in effort to curb vandalism

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Staunton Town Council converged for its monthly meeting Monday at the Staunton Town Hall. Though the meeting lasted only half an hour, there were multiple issues of importance discussed.

Town Marshall Chuck Jones took the floor to announce that there would be a curfew enforced for the month of October. Jones said there has been "an increase in activity" in terms of vandalism and other light violent activity since the beginning of the new school year. The curfew will be at 10 p.m. on weekday and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Jones also announced the approved trick-or-treating dates would be on Oct. 30, from 6-9 p.m.

Also on the agenda was Matthew Reed, who serves as the head of a local committee trying to bring a recreation center to Staunton. He said there wasn't a definite spot picked out for the Center, but said one potential location would be in an empty lot across from the Town Hall. Reed said that certain parts of the project were "progressing positively," but that they had encountered a few setbacks.

Reed said that he and his committee applied for a development block grant through HUD, but they did not score enough points to get funding. He said they would evaluate the problems they encountered and try to rectify them.

A more pressing issue involving the committee is costs of the potential site. Reed got an architectural estimation that said the building cost would be between $80,000-$100,000.

"You're talking more than a fish fry," Reed said about potential problems raising funds. "These are monstrous financial shortfalls."

A Community Center committee meeting took place Tuesday to discuss further construction plans, as well as conducting a public forum to allow citizens to express their desires for how they'd like to see the building used. Potential uses discussed at the meeting were using it for functions such as wedding receptions, birthday parties and various meetings. Jim Smith, a town citizen who serves on a committee that oversees the use of the 4-H building at the fairgrounds, said he thought if the building gets up and running it could be a very successful addition to the community.

"Every weekend it's going be full for something," Smith said. "Once word gets out, I don't think you'll have a minutes trouble keeping it busy."

The meeting closed with Reed speaking about the need for improved drainage ditches around the town. He said that there was extended water build up in certain areas whenever there was around 3-4 inches of rain. Reed said this happened because the town didn't have a particularly strong drainage system, they simply had separate sections. He stressed to the board that it was important to get a thorough system in place.

One suggested area where the drainage easement was to be placed was at the corner of Lafayette and Adams. Council President Andy Kirchner and Council Member Brad Webster said they intended to evaluate the area this weekend to see if any progress could be made in the area.

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