NORTHUMBERLAND — The general public basketball courts on the Northumberland Borough places of work are closed till Monday by order of Mayor Daniel Berard.
The gate across the Edward F. Pfeiffer Memorial Courtroom subsequent to the general public playground alongside Sheetz Avenue is padlocked and an indication on the chainlink fence informs the general public that the courtroom is closed from Wednesday till Monday on account of “rubbish being left on the courtroom and thrown over the fence.” The borough workplace is situated at 175 Orange St.
“Whenever you’re down there enjoying ball, clear up your trash,” stated Berard. “That is not asking an excessive amount of. The borough is not going to put up with it, I can’t put up with it. Simply choose up your trash. That is all I ask.”
Whereas the basketball courtroom will reopen on Monday, Berard stated he is not going to hesitate to shut it down once more if the littering continues. The subsequent time it will likely be for an extended time period, he stated.
He stated he interrupted three video games over the previous few weeks to tell the gamers that the courts can be closed if the litter was not cleaned up after every use. He wished the phrase to get round about his intentions however the trash continued to be left on the courtroom.
Berard stated the borough staff shouldn’t have to wash up the general public’s trash.
“I am not paying them to try this,” he stated. “It isn’t their accountability. It is the accountability of those that make the trash.”
The taxpayers deserve a pleasant playground and basketball courtroom, he stated.
“I pay taxes too,” he stated. “I deserve a pleasant playground the place my grandchildren can go have a pleasant time in a clear atmosphere. My taxes should not go to cleansing up the trash.”
Berard additionally closed up the basketball courtroom final 12 months for a time period on account of COVID-19 restrictions.
Berard stated he used to play basketball in his youth as effectively.
“I completely loved enjoying and I like seeing them enjoying on the playground,” he stated. “I’m thrilled they’re getting use out of it and I need that to proceed, however I’ve an issue.”
Borough Supervisor Jan Bowman stated the playground is closed after nightfall however the basketball courts are normally open always. Teams of at the very least 20 come to play and watch, she stated.