Alleging frequent acts of vandalism, a Mount Union Borough Council member says the pranks have gone too far and recommends the council stop providing portable toilets to the public in borough parks.
Speaking at Wednesday night’s council meeting, Alec Brindle said he spotted an apparent trend that is costing the borough money.
“Somebody’s been around the parks, must think it’s funny and knock down all the port-a-potties,” Brindle said.
Borough workers, he said, have to turn the pots right side up, and then the company that rents the facilities from the borough cleans them up.
Brindle said the extra cleanups cost the borough extra money. He reported that the most frequent target appears to be the portable toilets in Diven Park on North Division Street.
“I can drive four out of seven nights a week and it rocks,” he said.
Brindle said at the start of the year he was against installing the portable toilets due to past vandalism.
“Our officers cannot be in our parks 24/7,” Brindle said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to pay for playground facilities. It’s disgusting.”
Resident Dorthea Helton asked what council plans to do about children using the borough’s playgrounds.
“They have to relieve themselves somewhere,” she said.
Council chairwoman Carol Kuklo said she can see both sides of the equation: the cost to the borough if the vandalism continues and the inconvenience imposed on the public if the facilities are removed.
“Installations that are knocked down are unusable as is,” Brindle said.
Council members and the general public in attendance briefly discussed ways the Borough could thwart dumpsters, including anchoring portable toilets in place.
President Kuklo asked Brndle to check with the leasing company to see if they could recommend a solution.
Mayor Tim Allison announced positive news for the borough on behalf of the Mount Union Wesleyan Church Youth Group.
Allison said that two weeks ago he accompanied the group of young people to parks around the borough, as well as areas of Water Street, next to train tracks and along the trail system of the borough. district, where young people picked up rubbish,
Allison said the group cleaned up everything visible and, in the end, filled the bed of their truck with trash.
The youth group‘s efforts were applauded by members of the public and council.
Allison said the group does a similar beautification project every summer.