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Perryopolis seeks grants for Sampey Park security system

| Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:03 p.m.

Perryopolis Borough Council agreed on Wednesday to seek grant funding to buy a security system for Sampey Park and the borough's baseball fields to protect against vandalism.

Council member Charles Petrosky, who heads the borough's parks and recreation committee, said the borough needs a high-tech security system.

“People are vandalizing and destroying Sampey Park,” Petrosky said. “I have found condoms on the playground and the pavilions. The tables have been damaged.”

Petrosky estimated that it will cost about $9,800 to have the security system installed.

Several council members questioned whether the borough should install another security system at Sampey Park.

About eight years ago, the borough paid about $10,000 to install a security system that was not used on a regular basis, council members said.

Council member Frank Masney said high-tech security systems now exist.

“The technology has gotten much better,” Masney said. “We could get a system installed that would allow the police officers to watch Sampey Park and the ball fields from their police cars,” Masney said. “The police officers could be sitting in their cars at the borough building and see what's going on in the park.”

Police Chief Roger L. Beadling said North Belle Vernon recently installed a security system with grant funding that the borough received.

Mayor Paul Black suggested council contact Art Capella, a grant writer at Fayette County, to seek assistance with the project.

In other business, borough council agreed to review options for installing a street light on Palonder Lane that could cost more than $10,000.

Residents have requested the street light because of ongoing safety issues in the housing development.

Robert Chuboy said it will cost about $9,850 to install the street light. West Penn Power will charge the borough about $1,800 for its part of the project.

Council plans to contact West Penn Power to determine whether less-expensive options are available.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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