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Unit gives security advice on park

April 05, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

SHARPSBURG - Better lighting, chains and locks are among the security items the Washington County Sheriff's Department's crime-prevention unit recommended when it visited Sharpsburg Park, according to a report discussed by town council members at their meeting Monday night.

Burned clothing was found in one of the baseball dugouts, and a metal swing gate was found to be bent during a crime-prevention assessment in January, the report says.

The town typically makes repairs to the park each year, said Mayor Hal Spielman, who hopes repairs will be completed this summer by June 25.

Spielman said he does not have an estimate for the cost of repairs, which could include lighting improvements, brush cleanup and fencing.

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"We try to work on it and clean it up every year, but we're having some vandalism problems, and we're trying to fix that," Spielman said after the meeting.

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