Weissport council has adopted an ordinance and permit application that will govern the use of borough parks by private individuals and organizations.
The new ordinance and application will give council added control of clean up after events, alcohol use, and hours of operations. Fees for administrating the application and insuring that groups are covered by insurance. There will also be a fee charged to cover the cost of electricity by groups who use the park.
Those seeking to use the park will pay a security deposit, with a portion refunded if the park is cleaned up following events.
Councilman Arland Moyer noted that a garage on Allen Street with a roof that partially collapsed is being taken down.
Dana Brubaker, secretary, said that if there is action being taken then there would be no reason to begin proceedings. The property owner was given 30 days to clean up the area and the 30 days have just passed.
Council members went into executive session to discuss hiring a borough worker, but said that there are still applications coming in. Council noted that a decision will likely be made at the next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18.
Brubaker also noted that a check was received in the amount of $1565.86 from the Weissport Recreation Committee to pay for a portion of the rubber mulch that was spread on the playground. The funds were raised by the committee to support recreation in Weissport.
Lynette Moyer, a member of the WRC, asked for council to install signs at the playground to say, "No dogs allowed in the playground area." She said that she had a confrontation with a couple whose dog had defecated in the mulch. She said that the man said that he didn't know that dogs were not allowed in the playground area.
Tim Rehrig, council member said that a sign at the main borough park notes that no dogs are allowed in the park. "If you put signs on the front, then you have to put them on the back too, because its open at the levee."
Rehrig also asked, "Who will enforce it?"
Weissport's police office works approximately 14 hours a week and works mostly late at night and is not available to police the park during daytime hours.
Moyer said that the committee worked too long and too hard to see the playground destroyed by people who do not use common sense.