“It’s been a constant battle since we took office,” Mayor Chris Edwards. “We just can’t keep them up.”
Eight road signs and two stop signs were stolen along Horsecreek Boulevard alone recently, according to new Street Superintendent Jeremy Hicks.
“There were a lot in this area, but they’re stealing them all over town,” Hicks said.
According to Edwards, the city spends approximately $4,000 a year replacing signs, although 911 reimburses the city for at least part of the cost. Missing street signs can cause confusion and delays for emergency personnel and first responders trying to locate a home or resident who is in danger.
Other signs are in place to try to protect residents in other ways. Where the city’s walking track crosses Sellers Road, the city put up stop signs to try to prevent walkers or bike riders from being hit.
“We put the signs up on Friday afternoon, and by Saturday morning someone had pulled them up and thrown them in the woods,” Hicks said. “We were just doing it to protect the kids riding their bikes through there.”
Edwards said that the signs were installed after two children were almost hit within a single week, while on the track with their parents.
“I really don’t want to put a speed bump up because that is more wear and tear on everyone’s vehicles, including the police cars and fire trucks,” Edwards said. “But people have got to slow down over there.”
Stealing signs is a crime and anyone with information should contact city hall or the Dora Police Department at 205-648-3211.