Clarendon officials not happy with trash strewn at town park

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: The Town Park in Clarendon is pictured on a quiet summer evening

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 July 2017 at 7:39 am

CLARENDON – Town Board members have decided to take a “wait and see” approach to a continuing problem of trash being left in the Town Park.

Town Supervisor Dick Moy said he and his wife cleaned-up a recent mess which included toilet paper being strewn about and beer cans being dumped in the toilet.

“It was a disaster,” Moy said.

People who rent the shelter for gatherings are expected to keep the park clean and neat, he said. Town officials noted trash has been left behind both by people renting the shelter and those who have congregated in the park late into the evening.

“There’s always a few that spoil it for someone else,” Town Councilman Paul Nicosia said.

Moy questioned if someone should be appointed to keep an eye on gatherings in the park to help prevent the problems from occurring.

Town Code Enforcement Officer Melissa Ierlan suggested a laminated sign with park rules be placed in a prominent spot where people enter the park.

“Put it where you pull into the parking lot,” Ierlan said.

A fence and gate, which could be closed at night, might be a solution, said Councilman Marc Major.

“People are driving in and using it after hours,” he said.

Following their discussion, board members decided to wait before taking any further action, to see if the problems continue.

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