Reward signs posted at park, ballfields
Two local organizations are taking steps toward what they hope will curb further vandalism in Tonganoxie.
The Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission have installed reward signs at the entrances of the TRC ball fields and at Chieftain Park.
The new signs state that a reward of up to $500 is available for providing information leading to conviction for damage to Chieftain Park and the TRC ball fields.
"If you're caught, it's not going to be nice," said Mark Zerrer, recreation commission director.
Vandalism at the ball fields in 2000 and damage at Chieftain Park last summer prompted the signs.
In July, fireworks destroyed three portable toilets. Zerrer estimated the damage cost $1,000.
The reward signs were purchased through a reward fund the chamber established in 2000 after vandalism problems throughout town. Those problems included uprooted trees downtown, broken lights at a business along Front Street and graffiti on downtown businesses. Several firms donated money toward a reward fund, which is still available.
Bill Grant, chamber president, said the chamber has a close relationship with the recreation commission the two organizations share an office at 635 E. Fourth.
"We wanted to see if we could put that money to work in the community," Grant said.