Park restroom to be razed

Following the recommendation of the superintendent, this restroom facility behind pavilion no. 1 at Thompson Park is set to be demolished. (Photo by Steve Rappach)

EAST LIVERPOOL — A bathroom facility behind pavilion no. 1 at Thompson Park is standing for now, but it won’t be that way much longer.

Following complaints from visitors and numerous attempts to clean the bathrooms, the Thompson Park Board approved a motion 3-0 — board members Mark Hissom and Scott Thornberry were absent — to demolish the decaying bathroom behind the pavilion located at the rear of the park.

Park superintendent Shawn Rybaczenko recommended the bathroom’s demolition after receiving multiple complaints from park visitors about the smell coming from the facility. He said he attempted to clean and sanitize the building on numerous occasions, but to ni success — the smell remained.

“The few people that rented this place did complain about it…because they didn’t want to go in there,” Rybaczenko said. “Much like I said before, many times, as much as I clean it out, bleach it, hose it out and everything, it’s still bad.”

Along with the smell, the outside appearance also has come into question, to which Rybaczenko even pointed out a weed growing on the facility’s roof.

However, city auditor Marilyn Bosco advised the board that once the bathroom is demolished, no other bathroom can be built on top of the same site because it is grandfathered under a previous clause.

“It’s grandfathered from the handicap-accessible because of the time when it was built, so you can never, which nobody would, but if you did rebuild, it would have to be up front,” Bosco said.

A date for demolition is pending. Rybaczenko said he will contact Hissom and assistant superintendent Dave Quarterman to see when to possibly begin the process.

In the meantime, Rybaczenko recommended the rental of handicapped-accessible portable toilets for those who use the pavilion, which would cost the board $130 per month. The board approved that recommendation and will rent the port-a-johns for six months. Total cost is $780.

Meanwhile, the board also approved, 3-0, the purchase of six speed bumps at a cost of $89 each for a total of $534

Rybaczenko requested the purchase after receiving complaints from park walkers about motorists driving too fast. He said they are needed for the safety of park visitors as well the park’s maintenance crew.

“The cars are flying and they have to jump out of the way and stuff like that,” Rybaczenko said.

The maintenance crew had been placing cones in the areas they were working as an attempt for residents to slow down, but Rybaczenko concluded that because of the walkers also in the area, the cones can’t stay up all the time.

The new speed bumps are about 4-feet in length and weigh around 20 pounds each. They will be placed on the roadway near pavilion no. 1, where speeding tends to be excessive. Signs to caution drivers about the bumps also need installed, he stated.

Bosco told the board the purchase can be approved and the items can be bought as soon as available is available.