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The city was hit by vandals which caused approximately $ 800 in damage to crosswalk buttons and derogatory words spray painted on city police at the Brandon Park kiosk. The issue was addressed at the public works committee meeting this week.

Councilor Bonnie Katz, chair of the committee, said the language on the park’s bandshell was pornographic.

Streets and Parks employees, who were repairing the lighting timer system on West Fourth and William Streets on Wednesday before the rain arrived, informed the Sun-Gazette of the damage.

Those most recently affected are those who have to cross busy intersections, including those with disabilities, said Keith Segraves, the city’s maintenance foreman. The crosswalk buttons, which are affixed to poles at intersections, were unscrewed and washed away, he said.

He noted how one of the employees of the public works department noticed the disappearance at the entrance to the work.

Fortunately, the department had them in stock and replaced them quickly, he said.

Similar vandalism has occurred with the pedestrian button on West Fourth and Pine streets, he said.

Repairing, replacing parts and cleaning take time that city employees might otherwise spend in running the city, he said.

Another area that public works sees frequently vandalized is the area surrounding the Pennsylvania College of Technology, particularly on Vine Avenue, where department crews have noticed the removal of stop signs.

Department staff alerted college police to the incidents, Katz said.

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