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Playground behavior described as a concern in Blasdell

BLASDELL — Blasdell Board members have reported that boorish behavior by patrons at Blasdell’s playgrounds and antics that are said to include public urination, are causing concern among village officials.

Occurrences of such actions this summer were discussed at the board’s Sept. 4 meeting. Fireman’s Park and JFK Playground are two areas reported to have endured problematic conduct from attendees. Blasdell officials said that instances of public urination took place at Fireman’s Park, when renters of park shelters have acted in a disorderly manner, several times.

Additionally, a village resident who spoke at the board’s meeting said that unsavory activity among teenagers – including alcohol consumption and profanity scrawling on park property – has occurred at JFK Playground.

Blasdell Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald broached the topic, during the board’s work session, expressing frustration about the actions of park violators. McDonald said that perpetrators “lacked the decency” to conduct their bathroom business in a proper manner, despite the close proximity of park laboratories from the misdoings.

“If you can’t control yourself, you don’t belong in the village [or its parks],” McDonald said.

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie also expressed dismay with the stated problematic behavior, adding, “It’s a shame that people operate that way.”

There have been no arrests this summer, relating to public urinating at Fireman’s Park. Village officials have suggested the possibility of implementing various signs prohibiting lewd or boorish behavior at the site. They said that notices could specify, “No public urination allowed in park.” It was also suggested that violations of park rules could result in the forfeiting of security deposits for reservations.

Salisbury Avenue resident Timothy Govenettio, who was speaking to the board during the public comment session, said that his two young sons have been present at JFK Playground at times when neighborhood teens have partaken in unsavory behavior at the site, such as drinking alcohol. Additionally troubling, Govenettio said, is the presence of profanities that have been written on playground property, with the aforementioned adolescents the probable culprits.

Other meeting action included:
– The village board’s accepting the resignation of Vincent Alimonti from the active rolls of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department, while appointing Matthew Tremblay to the active fire department.

– Blasdell’s annual Halloween party will be held at the village fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 19.

– The Blasdell police will be conducting increased driving while intoxicated patrol before, during and after Buffalo Bills home games, this football season. This is the second consecutive year in which DWI patrols are said to be heightened in the village, with the initiative funded partly by STOP-DWI of Erie County.

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the village municipal building.

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