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."