‘Stop’ if you’ve heard this one
Clarke’s Beach council losing signs to crime
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
The Town of Clarke’s Beach is having trouble holding on to signs posted throughout the community.