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Versailles officials seek to improve recreational opportunities

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 2:46 a.m.

Versailles officials are seeking ways to improve recreation opportunities.

Council on Monday heard concerns from a resident about vandalism around the First Street playground.

The resident said she's seen graffiti and other vandalism in and around the playground and told officials she believes the area should be locked up at night.

The resident said she has seen people in the park late at night and has called police about it.

Police Chief Charles Roka said police are acting on the resident's concerns.

“I locked it last night,” the chief said, referring to the playground. “We're addressing the issue.”

Borough officials briefly discussed improvements they'd like to make to that playground and one on High Street, which is in need of maintenance.

There was talk of organizing a cleanup day to spruce up playgrounds and Councilwoman Linda Sheedy said she'd like to introduce a community gardening program geared mainly toward children.

Councilwoman Evelyn Coddington indicated she would support a gardening program as well.

Sheedy said a nearby credit union has suggested it could offer some financial support for such a garden.

Councilwoman Lisa Fleckenstein said the borough is looking to offer a special event for children this year and possibly a community movie.

In other business, council appointed Sarah Roka to a vacancy on the borough's zoning and planning board. Borough officials said they still are accepting applications from those interested in serving as an alternative member of the board.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.



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