From now on, he will call police and file trespassing charges on those he catches there.
Galvan, director of Environmental Services for the BISD, said he stopped at the property at 201 N. St. Mary’s St. last Thursday evening at about 6:45 and asked some of the teens he saw gathered there if they would pick up the trash. Galvan said he had received some complaints from people in the downtown area.
Apparently the teens did not like the idea of having to pick up after themselves.
On Friday morning some of the staff members at A.C. Jones High School found two large windows broken right in the center of the campus.
“Those windows cost $200 each,” Galvan said.
Custodial staff members had the windows replaced by the end of the day but then noticed on Saturday that the same two windows had been broken again.
Galvan said he got the message the vandals were trying to leave him.
“We’re going to post no trespassing signs at the LRC,” he said. The situation has deteriorated and it’s no longer just trash that the teens are leaving behind at the downtown facility.
“They’re urinating at the doors,” he said. “We’re going to go ahead and start prosecuting.”
Galvan said people who pay taxes to the BISD do not deserve that kind of abuse.
“That’s $800 in just two days for nothing,” he complained.
Galvan was not the first person to notice the damage to the vacant property downtown. Beeville Police Sgt. Eddie Garcia had noticed the mess earlier in the summer and had called attention to it.
Trespassers can expect not just BISD personnel to be watching for people loitering on the property, city police have been put on notice to crack down on the abuse as well.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.