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Wetlands Water Park to get security system after instances of vandalism

Leaders in the Town of Jonesborough voted earlier this month to spend nearly $11,000 on a security system for Wetlands Water Park on Persimmon Ridge Road.
“We had two to three instances of vandalism last year that closed the park down for a day at a time,” said Craig Ford, town operations manager. “(The security system) will cost about the amount you could lose in revenues in one day (of being shut down).”
According to Parks and Recreation Director Rachel Conger, the town-owned water park netted more than $92,000 in revenue this season, slightly below the previous year’s earnings, but well ahead of the 2009 revenues.
The park is currently without a director, following the departure of Joy Gardner earlier this year. According to Town Recorder Abbey Miller, the town has already saved more money from the empty position than is required by the security system.
“That’s something we need down there,” Alderman Chuck Vest said before making a motion at the Nov. 14 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting to approve the purchase of the security system for the park.
Alderman Jerome Fitzgerald seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Funding for the system will be taken from the money previously allotted for the director’s salary.