Steven Hasterok, Director of the Convention and Occasions Center, examines damage from huge ‘donuts’ reduce into the park’s athletic area. | Barbara Ball
BLYTHEWOOD – After The latest in what has been years of various levels of vandalism Inside the metropolis park, Tpersonal officers say they’ve had enough.
All by way of Monday Evening time’s metropolis council meeting Mayor Bryan
Franklin introduced thOn the park was struck as quickly as extra over the weekend by vandals
who dug deep ruts Inside the grass, making 20- to 30-foot diameter ‘donut’ circles
into the park’s huge athletic area on the McLean Road facet of the park.
It was Simply like one other vandalism Through the winter when a
Blythewood teenager was arrested after digging deep tracks and ‘donuts’ Inside the
grass Inside the park Collectively with his decideup truck, inflicting roughly $1,500 in
The incident was captured On the metropolis park’s surveillance
cameras Alongside facet A gaggle of teenagers who have been using the park as a
Evening well timed hangout, Based mostly on Steve Hasterok, Director of the Convention and
Occasions Center for Doko Manor and Doko Meadows Park.
Hasterok informed Richland County Sheriff’s deputies thOn The drawback
had been ongoing.
Whereas the metropolis Did not take that ‘donut’ case to courtroom, the
metropolis’s lawyer, Shannon Burnett, working with Tpersonal Administrator Carroll
Williamson and Mayor Bryan Franklin, reached a settlement that Burnett referred to as
‘stiff,’ with The teenager’s lawyer.
“He was required to pay $1,500 for the damages and should work
40 hours On the park. Afacet from his required work there, He is banned from the
park For two years,” Burnett said. “If he completes these requirements, tHe problem
is settled. If not, We now have The selection to prosereducee, and We’ll.
“We’ve furtherly had vandals breaking lights along the strolling
trails and women have complained about harassment as they go on morning and
night walks,” Franklin said. A minimal Of 1 man has been prosereduceed for
harassment Inside the park.
New Safety Decisions
Whereas Williamson said Monday night that he Did not know if
The current vandalism has been reported to the Richland County Sheriff’s
office, he said he has So far been Engaged on gathering information on the incident.
“We’ve been Figuring out who it was and capturing it,”
Williamson said. He said It Might be reported shortly.
Tpersonal council has in current months talked about taking steps to
cease the vandals, together with upgrading surveillance cameras So as that They will decide up
greater element, maintaining A greater eye on park goings-on after darkish, And metropolis
hall is presently placing in An further gate just previous the metropolis Christmas
tree in entrance of Tpersonal Hall. That is the one remaining road open to the park
Nonetheless the vandals
Franklin said Monday Evening time thOn the Eagle scouts are coming
To place a fence along Freeway Music After which on the south facet of the farmers
“That Shall be a bodily barricade, bodily incas quickly asivable to
get in till they violate the ordinance,” he said.
“I’ve instructed the metropolis lawyer to prosereducee that
particular person to The complete extent of the regulation,” Franklin said. “If the barricade
doesn’t work and Richland County can’t assist us in implementing it, then we’ll do
a security strain of our personal.”
“We’ve been far too lenient And a lot too affected person and now it’s time to enstrain the regulation,” he said. “And we plan To Do this.”