Frankford discusses park restrooms, noise ordinance

The Frankford Town Council recently discussed possible ways to make restrooms in the town park more accessible. Councilwoman Joanne Bacon said it had come to her attention that it has been mostly Town Clerk Terry Truitt and Council President Jesse Truitt, her husband, who have been dealing with needs for weekend visitors to use the restrooms in the park, and she offered that other council members could take turns or be on hand to unlock them for users and then lock them again.

Terry Truitt explained that, during the week, the bathrooms are opened in the morning and then closed around 2 or 3 p.m. by town maintenance workers. On weekends, though, they are closed. When there is a reserved party or event at the park, they have to be opened and then locked again after the event, by either herself or her husband. She did say the police have assisted on some occasions, but suggested that a key deposit might be a better solution.

“I know you all have lives on the weekends too, or work. They could pay a $25 deposit and return the keys when they are done,” she said.

Resident Greg Johnson offered that maybe a $100 deposit might be better, since $25 seemed low, he said. But Councilman Charles Shelton said that that seemed high and would be unfair to the residents.

“Well, we could make it $25 and try it,” said Jesse Truitt.

Resident Jerry Smith suggested that the Town look into programmable locks instead of a keyed access, something the council considered.

The council discussed other options, such as closing the gates to the park at 7 p.m. or so, but ultimately decided they would try the $25 key deposit to see if helped make the process more self-sufficient.

In other news from the June 4 council meeting, the council discussed writing a noise ordinance to combat loud parties and loud music. The town currently has an ordinance on loud music coming from cars, explained Dudley, but it does not have a more general noise ordinance. He said people could get a disorderly conduct citation if there was a complaint, but the council decided that an ordinance would be necessary eventually to eliminate confusion or issues of interpretation.