Big Run swears crackdown on vandals

BIG RUN —The members of Big Run Borough Council said Monday they would pursue the perpetrators of vandalism throughout town and prosecute them if they are caught.

Council member John Smeal said vandals tipped over a Porta-John at Centennial Ball Field this past weekend.

Council will continue to monitor the parks and ball fields within the borough, and will prosecute anyone who is found damaging or defacing public property, Smeal said, adding that the borough will incur an additional charge since the company that owns the porta-john had to come out Sunday to put it back up.

Also Monday:

• Council member John Niver said there is one property that has many code violations, and asked if the borough could clean it up and send a bill to the property owner.

Council President Nick Lantz said the property owner must first receive a letter outlining the violations before anything else can occur.
Lantz said if the property owner doesn’t comply, he can be fined up to $1,000 per day.

Niver said that fines may not work in this case.

Lantz said Niver should call Solicitor Jay Lundy to get his opinion whether or not the borough can do the clean-up and bill the property owner.

• Council member Rick Rinehart said a used table sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the War Memorial.

Borough Secretary Carmeta States said there have been numerous inquiries regarding the sale of the tables that have been replaced with new ones.

Eight tables will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Rinehart was given permission to contact Wayne McKee, Big Run’s certified electrician, to repair a light fixture that is not functioning in the men’s restroom at the War Memorial.

• Niver said a bill the borough received from Tom Berryhill and the Cemetery Association regarding damage from snowplowing has been settled, and the borough won’t have to pay anything.

Also Monday, council:

• Approved the only bid of $13,399 to mow the flood control dam along Mahoning Creek from D&W Clearing of Falls Creek.

The company has performed this task in the past for the borough.

• Approved an estimate of no higher than $500 received from Big Run Auto Body to purchase and install two new doors on the borough dump truck.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the War Memorial.