By Pilar Martin
SEDGWICK – Sedgwick’s park has been the site of troubling activities in recent weeks. Rogue swimmers are scaling the fence at the Community Pool and swimming in the wee hours of the morning.
Police Chief Ray Huff said, “There have been a half-dozen reports on the swimmers in the past month.” And they are not just swimming. Every chair, every table, and even the lifeguard stand have been set up at the bottom of the pool, twice. While it may sound humourous, city leaders are fearful that someone is going to get hurt.
City Administrator Jaci Reimer said, “all it takes is for one person to slip and get hurt or even drown, then we have real trouble.”
On the other end of the park, vandalism has closed the public restrooms. Vandals hit the men’s restroom last week, tearing the sink from the wall and shattering it on the floor.
The very next night, the women’s restroom met the same fate. The restrooms are locked and closed for the foreseeable future, which is an inconvenience all residents. The city is not in a hurry to repair the damage, fearing the vandals will return.
Reimer said the costs to repair the damage will fall upon the city and cannot be claimed on insurance without rates going up. Each incident will cost the city about $1,000.