SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg elected officials want to tighten security at recreational areas after recent vandalism at the town park.
Town Council members voted 5-0 Monday night to approve $1,000 in overtime for the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
The overtime will be used to have a deputy around town when the town's deputy is not scheduled and to double up on weekends.
Deputies will be asked to pay particular attention to the town park, the town pond and the big spring.
The sheriff's department has charged three teenage boys with malicious destruction of property for damage estimated at more than $300 to fencing at the town park, deputies said.
About a month ago, 32 rails in the split-rail fence around town park were broken, Mayor George Kesler said.
That isn't the only recent vandalism at the park.
There was graffiti on the plastic slide and someone tried to burn it, town officials said.