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Clarke’s Beach coun­cil los­ing signs to crime

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Don’t be sur­prised if you find a signpost in Clarke’s Beach lack­ing a sign. Lately, the town has had a lot of trou­ble hold­ing on to them.

Deputy Mayor Wayne Snow brought up the is­sue dur­ing last Thurs­day’s Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cil meet­ing in Spa­niard’s Bay. Snow said stop signs, speed limit signs and no park­ing signs have been brazenly stolen with in­creased reg­u­lar­ity, forc­ing the town to re­place them at a sig­nif­i­cant cost.

Since the be­gin­ning of this past sum­mer, the deputy mayor reck­ons it has cost the town any­where from $1,000 to $1,500 to re­place them. One evening the week be­fore Thurs­day’s meet­ing, four signs dis­ap­peared. An as­tound­ing 15 signs for ATVs on a track have also been stolen. Snow said the town is con­sid­er­ing the op­tion of in­stalling cam­eras if nec­es­sary.

“The kids or some­one is steal­ing them,” he said. “They must be sell­ing them for money. There’s only (so many) place around here with scrap­yards that they can go to.”

Snow asked whether towns can some­how get signs en­graved so it will be­come ob­vi­ous to a po­ten­tial buyer of scrap metal that a sign was ob­tained by crime from a spe­cific mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“If they’re in pos­ses­sion of buy­ing this stuff, they re­al­ize it be­longs to a town, un­less it’s ac­com­pa­nied by a let­ter from the town say­ing the town is sell­ing it be­cause it’s un­sat­is­fac­tory to use due to it’s con­di­tion,” said the deputy mayor.

As of last Thurs­day, the town had not con­tacted any lo­cal scrap­yards.

“You know they’re not go­ing to say to you, ‘Yes b’y, we bought all Clarke’s Beach stop signs.’”

You know they’re not go­ing to say to you, ‘Yes b’y, we bought all Clarke’s Beach stop signs.’ Wayne Snow

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Town of Clarke’s Beach is hav­ing trou­ble hold­ing on to signs posted through­out the com­mu­nity.

Snow

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