Vandals have wreaked havoc on the Cloverdale Town Park, park board member Ron Jones told the Cloverdale Town Council Tuesday.
Jones said vandals have broken a water valve in the women's bathroom. When he locked the bathroom door to prevent access, he returned to find it had been kicked in and the hinges had been removed.
"I found the lids of the dumpsters in a geometric shape on the roof of one of the buildings," Jones said. "They couldn't have just been thrown like frisbees up there and landed that way."
Due to this, new dumpsters are going to have to be purchased to replace the ones that have been destroyed.
"We need to make an appeal to the town members to keep an eye on the park," said Town Attorney Alan Yackey. "It is right off the highway, so it shouldn't be too hard for people to just glance over when they're driving by."
Jones also reported that about $35,000 worth of playground equipment would be put in on June 7. The Civic League, which Lori Halloram was present to speak on behalf of, is coordinating the installation.
"We are hoping to have a great number of volunteers help us put all the equipment in," Halloram said.
In light of the vandalism, Halloram said they have volunteers to watch the park 24 hours a day for the 72 hours needed for the concrete to settle and dry.
"We were told we could use the cabin, so I guess one of us will be there at all hours," Halloram said.
The board also talked about whether to grant Town Marshal Don Pearson's request to go from 10 reserve deputies to 15.
"We'd be better served to train as many officers initially," said board member Terry Puffer.
This item will be discussed at the next meeting.
Since gas prices are so high, the board discussed buying something like a golf cart or gator for the utility department to use.
Council President Don Sublett first suggested the idea of buying a golf cart and Councilman Dennis Padgett said it might be better to look into something like a gator for its hauling capacity.
In other business, Clerk-Treasurer Patti Truax was granted the purchase of a fireproof file cabinet. She said it is needed since all the town minutes are currently unguarded. This cabinet is not to exceed $2,700.