Fox Twp. cracks down on sign thefts

In an effort to prevent further thefts of road signs, Fox Township chose to install surveillance cameras at various intersections throughout the township.The tactic has worked, as five people are currently awaiting their preliminary hearings, all of whom were caught stealing signs on July 15, 2011. The group includes a mixture of three adults and two juveniles."From January 1, 2011 to July 1, 2011, we had just under $2,200 worth of signs stolen," said Fox Twp. Supervisor and Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi.The prices of signs situated throughout the township typically range from $45 to $75. The thieves were also stealing stop signs.According to Gradizzi, the township is required to replace any missing stop sign, but can go without replacing street signs.He added that the cameras were installed at the beginning of July. In other business, Gradizzi said paving projects will be completed with a top coat on Hogback Road, base and top coat on W. Theresia Road and Keller Road and base repair on Squab Hollow Road. Seal coating will be done on Sandburg, Swede, Scotland and Squab Hollow streets.Additionally, the township road crew will be crack sealing on Ridge Road. The crew will also soon be transitioning to their winter hours from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.