Carbon to enforce curfew ordinance
Carbon Town Council members announced city officials will begin to heavily enforce the town's curfew ordinance during its monthly meeting Monday evening.
"We've seen young people out in the park and on the streets at three and four in the morning," Council President Joann Rightsell said. "It's not just boys. It's girls too, and some are as young as 7 or 8-years-old."
Carbon's curfew ordinance states there is to be no one in the park or out on the streets past 10 p.m.
"We've had frequent vandalism in the park after hours," Council member Dennis Rightsell said.
Joann told The Brazil Times all the vandalism has occurred after 10 p.m., and town officials are willing to keep an eye on the park to make sure park patrons follow the curfew ordinance.
"People have written profanity all over the equipment frames, and that's not something you want your kids to read," Dennis said.
Dennis has painted all the frames and plans to paint the benches and picnic tables.
The town has also ordered new swings.
In addition to preventing further park vandalism, Dennis and other city officials are in the process of making many physical and functional improvements.
"We have replaced some of the playground equipment like the old bouncy horses that fell off and broke," Dennis said. "And we've added 'Freddy the frog' and 'Wally the whale,'" Dennis said.
The park's bathroom and water fountain are complete, and the water will be functional after the town receives the final structural piece.
"We should have water within a day or two," Joann told The Brazil Times.
Meanwhile, during the last town meeting, council members requested Attorney Eric Somheil locate the contact information for the family who purchased the large red house near the corner of First and Locust streets.
Town officials said they wanted to inform the new owners the town would not wait a long period of time for property improvements to be made.
Property owner Matt Hardman was present during Monday evening's meeting to inform council members he's already began home improvements.
"I've already had a contractor come out to the house to tell me what joists we can save and which ones we can't," Hardman said. "And I started mowing and fixing up the yard, but in the process, I ran over an old brick with the lawn mower and it busted the brake."
Hardman added he plans to continue renovations on the property and wants to make the house a permanent home for him, his wife and their six children.
However, not all Carbon residents have been as compliant to the council's requests as Hardman.
Charles Branham recently received a notice from the town by way of Somheil requesting he clean up the property.
Council members said they thought Branham was making progress until Town Marshal Ronald Keen told them Branham has merely moved the materials from a disassembled mobile home from the front to the back of the property.
"He hasn't done anything," Joann said. "It's getting worse and worse."
Council members discussed suing Branham, and Somheil informed those in attendance legal action has already been taken.
The town is suing Branham for $2,500. More will be determined after a September court date.
Carbon town resident Glenda Cheesman's property was also a topic of discussion.
Council members said Cheeseman paid the Town of Carbon $70 for an extension to allow her until June 27 to complete cleanup around her property.
Since then, council members say nothing has been done to improve the property or meet ordinance standards.
Cheeseman did not attend the council meeting.
However, she did request the town take the property, which would leave Carbon to foot the bill of the clean up.
"We just can't do that," Joann said. "It would cost the town $3-4,000."
In other business, Keen said he has been unable to contact Brehob Co. in regard to repairing the town's pumps and Brazil Door hasn't done anything to fix the rear door of the town hall.
Council members said they were not happy with the company's work because there are gaps around it.
"It's pretty shoddy workmanship," Keen said.
The Carbon Town Council meets regularly on the first Monday of every month in Carbon's Town Hall.
Its next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.