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Sign theft, damage cause for concern in Jay Township

August 20, 2011

Supervisors and residents who attended Thursday's Jay Township Supervisors meeting expressed their concern over the continued theft and vandalism of traffic and street signs. Photo by Colin Deppen.

At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, both residents and officials shared their growing frustration and anxiety over a recent spate of theft and vandalism involving traffic and street signs.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley said the theft of signage is costing the township a fortune. He estimated the cost of replacing a single stolen or vandalized sign at $250.
Some residents puzzled over what the motivation for such crimes could be, while the majority shared in the opinion that these crimes are essentially motiveless and that the signs, most likely, can be currently found lining the wall of a teenager's bedroom.
Several concerned residents at the meeting emphasized the problem is one of public safety and said with signs missing, obstructed, or damaged, it is hard for ambulances and other emergency personnel to locate those in need of emergency assistance.
A meeting attendee shared a story about an ambulance that when attempting to locate a Gray Hill Road resident, mistakenly took Smith Hill Road instead because the signs marking the intersection had been stolen. The ambulance became stuck in the heavy ruts marring Smith Hill Road and had to be pulled out, delaying help for the individual in need.
Lilley said, "The Smith Hill Road sign has been replaced five or six times, and every time we put the signs up they disappear."


road signs

August 22, 2011 by sjs326 (not verified), 3 years 31 weeks ago
Comment: 222

Perhaps a name-change would solve the road sign taking.

Road signs.

August 23, 2011 by Chuck (not verified), 3 years 31 weeks ago
Comment: 223

Battering down the threads of the fastening bolts will work too. Don't you just love it when you have to think for government officials?

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