Mexico to beef up security at Rec Park


MEXICO — Selectmen took steps Wednesday night to increase security at the Mexico Recreation Park. The park, which is off Route 17, sustained thousands of dollars in damage last week when vandals destroyed parts of a ball field, storage shed and dump truck.

Police are investigating the incident, but so far no arrests have been made.

The board voted to lock the access gate to the main entrance as well as to the gate that connects the park with the adjacent highway department property. Police will be directed to check the gates each night.

They also directed the Recreation Committee to look into the cost of installing infrared cameras, and to propose hours the park should be open. Once determined, a sign will be installed on the main entrance gate. The committee was also asked to check into other ways people may enter the park and to suggest solutions to the matter.

Other suggestions for greater security included moving the main entrance gate closer to the road and locking a gate located at the rear of the Public Works garage.

The park is located on the banks of the Swift River and has tennis courts, ball fields, picnic areas, and a play ground, among other things.

In other matters on Wednesday, the board awarded the bid for the reconstruction of Mexico Avenue to C.H. Stevenson of Wayne at a cost of $180,577. The bid also includes replacing sewer pipes. The bid was accepted on the condition that the specifications meet the town requirements as determined by the town’s engineer.

The board also authorized the Public Works Department to board up a recently tax-acquired property on Granite Street.

Adjacent property owner Bill Murphy said that because of the safety issue of the damaged building, he was having difficulty getting insurance on a building that abuts the tax-acquired property.

Also, the board:

• Approved a toll road fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 580 for 9 a.m. to noon on July 3 on a section of Main Street. The funds raised will be used to help send Boy Scouts to summer camp.

• Approved a hawkers and peddlers license for David Marchand to sell hot dogs, soda and other snacks during the men’s league ball games at the recreation park.

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