FORESTVILLE - Vandalism is again a concern in the Village of Forestville.
At a meeting of the village board, Mayor Beth Bowker said, "There has been a tremendous bout of vandalism in the village."
The vandalism took the form of spray-painted graffiti including vulgarities and a Nazi symbol. The activity seemed to be throughout the village. Center Road and Pearl Street were some of the areas hit.
OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan
This is example of vandalism in the Village of Forestville at the old Agway building. The message taunts the residents to find him/her.
Bowker said that Samantha Kozlowski, deputy clerk, called the sheriff's department. Not one report was filed.
Bowker encouraged people who see something to let the sheriff's office know. She said the sheriff has increased regular patrols in the area.
Members of the public at the meeting discussed their experiences. One man said that he was extremely pleased with the professionalism of the sheriff.
Another said it takes a sheriff 45 minutes to arrive, and by that time it is too late.
One woman was concerned if the sheriff came to her house, the vandals would see the patrol car and target her even more.
Bowker expressed her opinion that it was important to report the incidents to the police to "break the cycle of vandalism."
At this point, Deputy Nathan Baideme, who had been monitoring the meeting spoke up. "We can take a phone complaint. We will do whatever you are comfortable with."
In answer to a woman who didn't want to bother the sheriff if she wasn't really sure of an incident, he said, "If you see something, call us."
After the meeting was adjourned, the deputy took phone numbers from members of the public who had spoken about vandalism. He also offered his number, and answered questions.
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