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$1,000 Reward For Stop Sign Vandals
Issue Date: April 19, 2018
The stop sign vandals have struck again in Middle Inlet, and Town Chair Richard Wade is once again asking the public to help put a stop to it. He said stealing road name signs is one thing, "but I draw the line at stop signs. We have to put a stop to it before someone gets killed!"
Wade said the town's offer of a $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of sign theft or damage culprits still stands. Information can be handled with entire confidentiality, and could save a life or even many lives.
Calls can go to Crime Stoppers, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, or any of the town officials, including himself, supervisors Don Van or Ron Wenzel, or Clerk/Treasurer Chuck Stanek. Wade repeated his pledge that the identity of the caller or callers will not be revealed.
He said two or three years ago unknown persons had been stealing stop signs from Town of Middle Inlet roads, or tearing them out. It had stopped for a while, but now seems to have started again. Someone on a recent Friday night or early Saturday morning pulled out the stop sign on Moonshine Hill and Camp Five roads and threw it aside.
"People could get killed that way!" Wade declared. "Imagine if a truck and a school bus or a family with a car full of kids were both coming through that intersection and there was no stop sign!"
He sent out a big "thank you" to Eric Olsen of Olsen Sand and Gravel, which is located at that intersection.
Wade said as soon as he got the call on Saturday morning that the sign was gone he went there to check, and found Olsen already there with a shovel, putting the sign back up as a temporary measure.
Olsen then kept an eye on the sign all weekend until Marinette County Highway Department workers could get there to put it up right.
On another subject, Wade said during recent snow storms people had been wondering why it was taking longer than usual to get their roads plowed. He said because of the spring thaw, road bans are on. Smaller trucks are being used to plow in some places and regular trucks go slower to minimize road damage. On gravel roads plow drivers need to keep blades up and leave some snow on the road to prevent tearing up the gravel.
He commended the snow plow drivers who have been putting in untold hours of work to keep roads passable during the recent spell of snowstorms.