Northampton Press

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Council hears of vandalism at park

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Vandalism at Northampton Borough’s Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue, is on the rise. The uptick in the destruction and damage to property and equipment by vandals coincides with the arrival of warmer weather.

“We recently had a picnic table broken in half, and the restroom still seems to be a prime target,” Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council at its June 6 meeting. “It may be become necessary to lock the restrooms and only open them up when someone holds a permit for park use.”

Councilman Robert McHale commented another remedy to the vandalism could be installing security cameras at the bathrooms that would aid police in identifying the culprits. It was suggested that surveillance, via cameras, could prevent vandalism from happening in the first place.

Police patrols increasing watch at Municipal Park could also be a deterrent; the police station is on Smith Lane, just across from the park.

In the past, vandals struck at the restroom at Canal Street Park. Sinks and toilets sustained damage.

In other news, the borough was advised it has been successful in securing a $56,867 state grant to purchase a TOMCAR fire/transport rescue vehicle for Northampton Borough Fire Department.

Councilwoman Judy Kutzler, fire committee chair, and Brobst noted their appreciation to fire department member Mark Laubin in preparing the grant application and to state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, for their work in helping to get the application approved.