Vandalism issue hot topic at Stanton meeting

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

STANTON — The city park and playground in downtown Stanton has been vandalized repeatedly in recent weeks, according to the city’s Department of Public Works Director Jeff Main. Main was at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the City Commission to discuss the issue with commission members.

According to Main, there has been “tagging” with spray paint and other vandalism, including damage to the new handicap accessible wheelchair swing installed there earlier this year. Video surveillance cameras, Main said, would likely deter the worst of the vandalism, but he predicted it would take up to five months to gain financing and commission approval and to find suitable spots to mount the cameras.

Meanwhile, he said, the best hedge against further damage to public and private property comes from nearby residents.
“It would just like to comment that any residents living down there could help us keep an eye out,” Main said. “That’s what needed. (The vandalism) is frustrating to me, it just really is.”

Main suggested residents keep a watchful eye out around sundown and shortly thereafter; that is when, he believes, most of the vandalism is taking place.

In other business, commission member Lewis Corwin commented that he would like to see discussion take place regarding the possible installation of a new, decorative clock in the downtown area, one similar to the clock the village of Sheridan installed last year.

“I was brought up and then just dropped,” Corwin said. “I don’t know why.”

Commission member John Kroneck, who chaired the meeting in the absence of vacationing Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, replied he thought the clock was too expensive a proposition.

“My take was that it was over $22,000 and I wanted to hear from other people in the community to see if they wanted it,” Kroneck said. “I guess this gets put on the administrator’s to do list, to check into it.”

Finally, the commission briefly discussed the ongoing search for a new city manager to replace James Freed, who left last month to take a new position in Port Huron. To date, the search committee is still in the process of seeking out potential candidates and possible interviews are still at least two weeks away.

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