Holley mayor plans town hall meeting to discuss vandalism in village

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 April 2023 at 3:06 pm

HOLLEY – Mayor Mark Bower will lead a town hall meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss vandalism at village-owned sites in the community, including the bathrooms/shower facility by the canal and the bathrooms at the Firemen’s Field on North Main Street.

“We want to mobilize our residents to all be on the same page,” Bower said about making people aware of the vandalism. “What can everyone do to minimize the amount of vandalism we experience?”

Police Chief Bob Barton is expected to provide information about the number of incidents and extent of the damages.

“It has been unreal on North Main Street,” Bower said about the Firemen’s Field park. “At the canal bathroom building the fixtures have been ripped out of the wall, things get smashed, and there is graffiti. We’ve got to do something about it.”

The mayor will lead a discussion about the issue from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the village office in the former Holley High School.

He would like to do two town hall meetings a year with a focus on a pressing issue in the community. He also will give residents a chance to ask questions about other concerns.

Bower said he also will be forming a mayor’s advisory council that he would like to have in place next month to help identify and address issues in the village.