Library park troubled by hooligans

Fights, vandalism and intoxicated individuals continue to frequent Missouri River Regional Library’s park after hours at its Jefferson City facility on Adams Street.

“The problem seems to be escalating,” Library Director Helen Rigdon told the MRRL board Tuesday evening.

Problems at the park have persisted for several months.

“Things did calm down from the summer, but now it’s back again,” Rigdon said.

Rigdon said staff has gotten police involved in the past because of safety concerns.

She said recent incidents are making her more and more nervous.

The library has ordered signs be posted in the park that say the park closes at 9 p.m. Because of the signs, police will address the violator.

The board also discussed other security options, such as additional cameras and the possibility of hiring a security guard for after hours.

“I think safety should be our No. 1 priority,” said Debbie Rowles, an MRRL board member.

The MRRL board was also told:

• The library will begin to offer digital magazines to patrons around the beginning of 2014.

• MRRL continues to host a monthly show on JCTV.

• The MRRL Foundation raised nearly $2,400 from its annual letter campaign.

• The MRRL finance committee proposed a more than $3.1 million 2014 budget, which the board approved.

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