An ongoing effort to protect the community park and pavilion from vandalism was a top concern for Trumbauersville officials at their Sept. 1 meeting.
Borough council members said in yet another crime at the location on N. Main Street, new metal picnic tables were bent under the pavilion and, on several occasions, a portable toilet was overturned.
In one instance, several residents witnessed the portable toilet being overturned, and the state police were called to the scene. Three individuals were caught and one received a citation for the incident in Perkasie District Court.
Vandalism in the park has been an ongoing problem since the picnic pavilion and kitchen area were renovated earlier this spring. Council members expressed urgency in getting the problem solved. Mayor Melissa Baine cited the efforts that were involved with the park renovation.
“Between the gracious financial gift of the Lions club and efforts of the borough to apply for and receive grants that help make the renovations possible, we do not want to see those efforts wasted by allowing senseless damage from vandalism,” she said.
Councilman Harcourt Trimble said it would cost the borough over $500 to fix damage in the two recent incidents. But that figure was in addition to other damage already done.
“Of the 11 new tables that were installed in the spring, six have already been intentionally damaged. It has to stop,” he remarked.
Council took another step towards preventing future incidents by approving the purchase and installation of a new security system. The new system will include up to eight cameras with wireless connections to a central unit that can record motion when incidents occur.
The council hopes the cameras will serve as a deterrent to vandals, but also hope the system will enable the borough, in cooperation with law enforcement, to identify and punish the people who are causing the damage.