COLUMBUS — Columbus Police Chief Chuck Sharp told the Columbus City Council his department has been cracking down on city youth hanging out in the city park and on the west side of the courthouse after dark.

Sharp said his department had been allowing teens to sit on the west park wall and on the west side of the courthouse in the evenings on the theory that the police would know where they are and be able to keep an eye on things.

However, Sharp said, there have been problems with drinking, littering and loud music — and last week someone lit a bonfire in the park and pried a rock out of the park wall.

Sharp said they are now running the teens off after 8 p.m. and the youth have been told they will not be allowed to return until those responsible for the vandalism come forward.

In other business, the council:

• Voted to upgrade the traffic lights at the corners of Maple and Kansas and Maple and Pennsylvania streets.

• Voted to hire David Nadeau as a police officer.

• Voted to accept the resignation of Aaron Flood from the Streets Department, and:

• Voted to accept the resignation of Justus Ganaway from the Columbus Fire Department.