Fines Proposed For Continued Disregard of Skate Park Rules
A $250 fine and $65 processing fee have been proposed. The public hearing is July 10.
Galloway Township Council proposed fines of $250 plus a $65 processing fee for those who violate the rules of the skate park at its meeting Tuesday night, June 26 at the municipal complex.
Initially, the proposed penalty would’ve been $1,250, but Township Manager Arch Liston proposed dropping the fee to $500, with a $75 processing fee to get their equipment back.
“That still might be a little strong,” Mayor Don Purdy said. “We all know children do things their parents feel are inappropriate.”
Purdy felt parents shouldn’t be held accountable to that extent for the actions of their children.
The discussion came after the skate park was shut down four weeks ago because those using it weren’t following the rules. Some failed to wear proper equipment, such as helmets, and others were using profanity and being destructive.
Galloway Police shut the park down four weeks ago, and reopened it with guidelines following the council meeting on June 13.
The $75 processing fee would have covered the cost of having a police officer handle disciplining offenders and confiscating and processing equipment.
“Can we lower the fee to $65,” Purdy asked. “If parents are mad enough, they’re not going to get the equipment back at all.”
“I think $65 would be effective,” Liston agreed.
The fine was lowered to a price “not to exceed $250.” “It’s a shame we have to do it at all,” Councilman Jim Gorman said.
“I would like to keep the park open,” Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola said. “It’s a shame a few offenders force us to do something like this.”
The skate park opened five years ago, and there have been problems since that time.
When the skate park was reopened at the last council meeting, Liston made it clear that it would be patrolled.
“It will be watched by the police department, public works, anyone going by there can call dispatch,” Purdy said following Tuesday night’s meeting.
Tuesday’s discussion was the first reading of the ordinance. A public hearing on the issue will be held at the July 10 meeting.