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Vandals hit Zearing Park

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 4:01 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 4:12 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Vandals have struck at the new concession stand at Zearing Park in Princeton.

At Monday’s meeting of the Princeton Park Board, Superintendent of Parks Keith Scherer reported the vandalism occurred during the weekend — four night lights were damaged at the new concession stand. Two of the lights were destroyed, and the other two were cracked. Also there was some damage to a drinking fountain and other damage to a light in the older section of Zearing Park. There were no signs of tire marks at the vandalized areas, he said.

After Scherer’s report, Princeton Park Board President Gene Englehart said the board might have to consider closing the driveways into Zearing Park to help deter vandals.

Elaine Russell, executive director, said she would like to keep the park open as much as possible.

The Princeton Police Department has been contacted about the vandalism.

In other business, Andy Marti took the oath of office as a new board member. Marti will fill out the unexpired term of former board member Carl Pacunas who resigned from the board earlier this fall.

Russell said there are two open board positions in the April 2013 consolidated election; those positions are currently held by Marti and Dennis Nink. Marti said he will seek election to the board; Nink said he will seek re-election.

Russell said Marti and Nink are the only people who have taken out candidate packets at this time. The filing period for the candidates is Dec. 17-26.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the park board approved its 2011-12 audit as reviewed at the last board meeting by Russell.

At that time, Russell said her goal for the 2011-12 year had been to increase cash and to stop “spending down.” The audit shows the district has done a good job of that, she said. All 11 funds in the park district’s budget have ended the year with positive balances, having an increase in cash over the previous year.

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