Pelham town beach incident raises questions on parks policy
Tuesday night’s board meeting discussion centered on making permanent changes to the town ordinance and how those changes could be enforced.
Last Friday evening, April 25, Pelham police and fire officials were summoned to Veterans Memorial Park, located off Mammoth Road, when callers reported a number of teens hanging around the Long Pond beach.
The board was scheduled to debate the topic prior to last Friday’s arrests, Vice Chairman William McDevitt said.
“If we decide to continue on with a residents-only policy, let’s either make it official or take the sign down,” McDevitt said.
“How do we go about enforcing this?” Gleason asked. “We certainly didn’t enforce it last weekend.”
Police Chief Joseph Roark, who is serving as acting town administrator, said an update for the town’s existing ordinance may be in order.
Roark said that in that as it stands now, park trespassers only face charges if they are asked to leave by police and fail to do so.
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