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New rules being enforced to prevent vandalism at Eminence city park

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EMINENCE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As the weather gets warmer, the city of Eminence is cracking down on vandals.

Not far from downtown is Coach "D" Park --The only city park in Eminence.

Tuesday afternoon, the swings were vacant and the playground was empty.

The rules are posted, waiting to be read, but the city council just passed an ordinance that adds a few more.

"The breaking point was last year when they filled all the commodes with sand and tore the doors off the stalls, Making the bathrooms unusable," Mayor Drane Stephens said.

Outside the bathrooms, paint covers what was once graffiti. Stephens suspects the offenders are teenagers from out of town.

"It really is disturbing really because we're trying to make a nice place for the kids to have some place to play and they're destroying it," he said.

Stephens says the ordinance forbids vandalism, swearing and bullying at the park.

Break the rules once and you'll be kicked out for six months. Two offenses could lead to a ban of up to five years.

"We're hoping just by people knowing that there's a lot more penalty now, maybe that in itself will decrease the vandalism," Stephens added.

Stephens admits the rules will be tough to enforce, but hopes an eye in the sky will help. You never know who could be monitoring that security camera, the mayor can watch it right from his phone.

Stephens says police officers also have the app on their phones, allowing them to keep an eye on trouble-spots at any time.

He pointed out what he said the biggest problem was, the design of the roof seems to make kids want to ride their bikes across it.

"I haven't seen anything like that," parent Larry Dixie said. That seems a little dare devilish to me. I haven't seen that, but if I do guarantee I'll try to help somebody out with that safety issue bc that's really a violation of the park.

Dixie's eight-year-old son plays at the park everyday.

He thinks the ordinance is a good idea and likes the mayor's idea for a second camera.

"I think that adding another camera would be great for the community as far as the safety of the kids," Dixie said.

Stephens says nothing can beat eyewitnesses.

"Please call us right then so that we can send police officers up right then because if we can catch them in the act, it would help us treat it correctly," he explained.

Mayor Stephens hopes to have that second security camera installed by this summer.

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