The Williams County Park Board, the Williams County Engineer’s Office and community volunteers have been making steady progress in sprucing up the grounds and structures at the county’s Opdycke Park. However, some of the work has been dashed almost as soon as it was completed.

On Thursday morning, county engineer and Williams County Park Board member Todd Roth notified Williams County Commissioners of recent thefts from the park.

Four young 10-foot trees and four bushes were planted on the grounds on Monday, he said. “We finished (planting) at 3 p.m., and by quarter to four three bushes were gone.”

Roth said that sometime in the following 12 hours someone came to the park and dug up one of the freshly planted trees as well. “On Tuesday,” he said, “I went back to water them and one of them was gone.”

The thefts were easy to accomplish in that the plants were just planted and they weren’t in the ground long enough to take root.

In addition to the plant thefts, Roth noted that there’s been an uptick in vandalism in the form of graffiti of the barn at Opdycke Park.

He suggested to commissioners that some element of surveillance system should be installed at the park. Commissioners took the matter under advisement.

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