Everson Council eyes vandalism at park
By Rachel Basinger
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Everson Borough officials are hoping they will be able to find the person or people responsible for recent vandalism in the veterans memorial park along Brown Street across from the Everson Borough Volunteer Fire Department.
Council President Mike Banaszak said Monday he noticed since council's last meeting the white decorative, chain fencing that surrounds the park had been broken.
“I temporarily fixed it and then they did it again,” he said. “The spotlights that were accenting the planters were also kicked over and destroyed.”
On a good note, Banaszak said it was decided when the park was constructed in 2008 to install a surveillance camera.
“We do have the surveillance tapes so we're going to look at those and get as much information as we can,” he said. “It's one thing to destroy property, but it's a crying shame to have someone with no respect for those from the borough who gave their lives for this country.”
He added the damage will be repaired.
In other business, members of council met with an representative from the post office April 2 who said it was his job to try and make the Everson Post Office more efficient.
“The plan is that everyone that lives in a quarter-mile radius of the post office will have to pick up their mail at the post office and those outside the quarter-mile radius will get home delivery of their mail,” Banaszak said.
He added members of council expressed their disagreement with this option, saying it would simply be unfair for one individual to have mail delivered while a neighbor has to go pick their mail up every day.
“He said this was standard operating procedure and he didn't feel as though they would be able to make an exception for Everson,” Banaszak said.
No time frame was given as to when all of the changes would actually come into effect.
In other business, borough officials are also hoping to put together a plan to host some kind of activities at Centennial Park this summer during the lunch program as a way to try and boost the number of individuals who take part in the lunch program.
Last year, the borough agreed to supplement the lunch program after the Southmoreland food service program lost money bringing lunches to Centennial Park.
Banaszak said the borough is working to come up with ideas to get more people taking part in the lunch program because they don't want to lose it.
He said council is again willing to commit funds to make up any losses, if that would be the case again this year.
In other business, the Memorial Day program is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 27. Also, the May 7 work session has been cancelled and the next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 20.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
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