NEW CASTLE —
Clingan said he pulled it out and planted two rose bushes under the sign, at his own expense.
This was apparently not satisfactory to the supervisors, who filed vandalism charges. They also demanded that the club replace the original gold juniper bush with a specimen identical to the existing bushes at a cost of $355.
“This has become a hardship for the Lions who can’t hold a legal meeting,” Clingan said, noting that the club’s charter, flag and other memorabilia remain locked away from the members, in the back room of the building at the park.
The club also was obligated to forgo its annual dinner for the blind.
In court documents, Freed alleges that the township has breached the agreement between the club and the municipality. The agreement, signed July 11, 2005, conveys the building and other property of the former New Bedford Lions Club Park to the township with the condition that the club be allowed to continue to hold regular meetings at the site.
The petition noted that since the property was turned over to the township in 2005, the club has had a key to the facility. He also pointed out that the township realizes about $10,000 per year from the “Pulaski Fall Gathering,” held at the park, and that the township obtained a gas lease from the park facility and will receive royalty money in the future from the lease.