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Board tackles vandalism

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Todd Brackman
Though it wasn't the top item on the agenda, vandalism in the parks was a hot topic during the regular meeting of Brazil City Parks Board, Tuesday.

"I would like to say how much I appreciate what the Brazil City Police Department and reserves are doing," President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "The reserves have really stepped up and I hate to think what would've happened if they hadn't been there."

Recently, Forest Park has seen an increase in vandalism, from breaking windows to graffiti, but thanks to the work of the reserve officers, much of the problems are being curtailed.

"We haven't caught the vandals," Vice President Todd Brackman said.

"But we've caught a lot of curfew violations."

The parks are closed at 11 p.m., every night, and the reserves have been foot patrolling the parks.

"Someone told me that we were making too much of this," Jeffries said. "But the people of Brazil are outraged."

A task force of volunteers is being organized to be in the parks when the reserves cannot be. But Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer says that everyone can do their part in watching the parks while they are with their family.

"We need the eyes," Archer said about concerned visitors to the park. "If people see something suspicious, and have their cell phone, call the police."

In other business, the board voted 4-0 to buy Lexan, a type of plastic that should withstand normal attempts of destruction and adverse weather conditions, to replace the broken windows in the cow palace at Forest Park and paint for the restrooms at Babe Wheeler Park.

The hours at the Forest Park pool have been officially changed.

In a unanimous vote, the pool will be open Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m., and be closed for private use on Sundays. However pool party time slots will be available for Sundays.

By not having a walking lifeguard and closing the pool at 4 p.m., instead of 5 p.m., there will be 30 hours cut a week.

The prices will remain the same as last summer, $2.50 for daily use and $160 for a two-hour pool party with up to 100 people.

The board also voted to allow Park Supt. Bill Houck to buy a new Hydrochloric Acid Pump for the pool.

The next meeting of the Brazil City Parks Board will next meet at 6:30 p.m., May 11, at Brazil City Hall.

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How can to much be made of the fact that someone is vandalizing public property that is going to cost tax dollars to repair or replace? Would the same be said if it was the windows in the Courthouse or a school? What if the painted graffiti were on traffic signs?

This vandalism is someone wasting our tax dollars for their lark.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 9:52 AM

Leo L. Southworth, good thing we didn't see teacher on the resume of your previous 15 or 20 jobs. Look up the words to, too & two. And you're running for what? There goes that expert at everything status.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 7:42 PM

Oh my, Leo made an error in a post that he probably typed out in 20 seconds--please discount everything he has ever written. Leo, if you were only as eloquent and educated as Lee you would be able to properly convey your opinions and thoughts on these critical issues. The bad news for us all is that Leo's status as an expert in everything has been forever stained. The good news is that Lee's status as the biggest putz to ever post on this website grows stronger and more secure by the day--congratulations Lee. Also, before you ask Lee, I'm not Leo's campaign manager either, but if he is running for office I'll vote for him based solely on your criticism of him.

-- Posted by snow on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 1:25 AM

Snow, you too or to or two deserve each other. Maybe he'll loan you some of his Brylcream.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 11:44 AM

Well let's analyze Lee's post. I was always taught never to start a sentence with "and." Furthermore, Lee, you provided a list of words for us and left out a comma. Leo left out an "o" in the word too! Oh my, take him off the ballot!

-- Posted by bikerlady on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 7:12 AM

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