Carbon to enforce curfew ordinance

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Council member Dennis Rightsell has spent most of his time these last few weeks painting and replacing the playground equipment in Carbon Park. The new paint job has covered up evidence left behind from vandalism. In addition, the town has added a bathroom and water fountain for park patrons.

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.

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  • "It's pretty shotty workmanship," Keen said.


    Response by Brazil Times:
    Thank you for pointing this out. It has been corrected.

    -- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Aug 3, 2011, at 6:23 PM
  • It's also joists. Not joices.

    Response by Brazil Times:
    Thank you. It has been corrected.

    -- Posted by exbrazilrez on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 8:27 AM
  • Yeah, it is .. REZ! You beat me to it. ; ) Good grief, sometimes I feel like an English teacher grading a paper. And the TIMES is getting a D!

    -- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 12:45 PM
  • About time these towns crack down on teens out in the middle of the night you know they are up to no good.

    -- Posted by oknow on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 1:00 PM
  • I think it is great that the town is finally going to enforce underage kids curfew. So, does that mean that if an adult is walking to their family's house a few blocks away at 11pm that they are going to be in trouble? Also, I think it shameful that these peoples names have been put in this story telling everyone their business. It may be something that everyone can see for them selves but there is no reason to call them out this way. Not only is it inappropriate but it causes hard feelings and embarrassment. You do not know these peoples situation. It is easy to sit up on your high horse and judge others, but you do not know what they have been through or may be going through. This is not a town of money! If it was then you would be able to afford to take this lady's property instead of harrassing her. If you want someone's place to be cleaner then get out there as a neighbor and help them to clean it. Offer help as a neighbor, offer help as a christian. Stop trying to be tyrants of a very small poor community.

    -- Posted by Izzy33 on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 3:22 PM
  • It's fine that they want to enforce the curfew, as well it should be. But, why do they need an ordinance, there is already a state law that covers curfew?

    -- Posted by BWare on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 10:24 PM
  • i live in carbon and the people that in charge in is the rightsell is corrupt they bought a truck and a riding mower with the town money but denny uses it for his personal use and the council let the mowing crew go cause denny needed the money but i thought u cant grant ur self a job if ur on the council? and paying for materials that is suppose to remodel the town hall and not ur bathroom dennis that was the town money! and getting wood out of an abandon house as bribe to get what u want. so my question DO WE TRUST THE RIGHTSELLS? they want to nit pick at everyone even though they use the towns money for there personal use and denny i need the city property mowed next to my house since u claim to do the mowing!take care and enjoy the money from the true taxpayers rightsells

    -- Posted by brazilhillbilly on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 11:40 PM
  • theres a bathroom at the park wow where is it and i will continue to walk past 10pm im over 18 hell im over 21

    -- Posted by brazilhillbilly on Thu, Aug 4, 2011, at 11:43 PM
  • Thank you for your service Dennis and Joan. I'm glad someone cares for Carbon enough to keep trying. I hope the townspeople appreciate your dedication.

    Kids, stay off the streets after 10:00. I do not want you to get in trouble. Be proud of your town and take care of it. I want to see your names in the paper for making a difference in Carbon.

    Parents, do you know where your children are?

    -- Posted by wiseupnow on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 8:37 PM
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