Reports of burglaries that have turned up on social networking sites recently are a bit outdated, according to Ilion Police Chief Tim Parisi.
Trustee Barbara Collea asked at last week’s village board meeting about reports of burglaries that had been turning up on these sites.
Parisi said Mayor John Stephens had asked him the same question. A few months ago there were reports of burglaries and reports of a suspicious person in the area of North Fifth, Fourth and Third avenues, he said, but there have been no recent burglaries.
Collea asked if the department warns the public through the news media if there is reason for concern.
Parisi said the village has used the electronic sign to post information and could use the county alert system.
“We were heavily patrolling down there and all the people in that area knew about it,” he said.
He added if residents think someone appears out of place or something appears to be wrong, they should contact the police.
As for the social media postings, he said, “It may be that someone thought the burglaries had started up again.”
Stephens reported the Department of Health had visited the village’s summer recreation program and notified the village of changes that are needed to meet state requirements. The program was offered at the Montgomery Street and Remington School playground sites and a fee was charged to participate.
“Technically, we’re running a day camp program,” said the mayor. “We finished the paperwork and it should be seamless next year.”
Trustee Joanne Moore said she had stopped in at the playgrounds and found children busy with guitar lessons and other activities. She noted someone had provided funding for Remington school area children who could not have attended the program otherwise and she was pleased to see the amount of participation at that site.
Recreation volunteer Elaine Mabry reported an area business had donated stain for one of the baseball dugouts and she is seeking additional donations. Fencing still has to be put up.
Mabry also said programs have been planned at London Towers for four consecutive Wednesday evenings starting on Aug. 21. All programs will run from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free food, music and a 20-minute message of encouragement. Those attending will have the opportunity to write messages thanking village police, firefighters and others who serve the community.
The village has submitted an application for a Community Development Block Grant to replace aging sewer pipes in the Clark Street area. The mayor reported the application had been submitted prior to the deadline.