New stop signs in Earlton stolen and vandalized

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By Jamie Mountain

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

EARLTON – A set of stop signs that had been installed recently in Earlton was the unfortunate victim of theft and vandalism.

Acting public works foreman Caleb Fotheringham told Armstrong Township council at its regular meeting on February 24 that he was notified on February 14 that two stop signs, along with an all-way sign below the stop sign, had been stolen.

The signs are located at the intersection of 10th street and Sixth Avenue, near the Earlton Recreation Centre.

“After investigating I noticed that the stop ahead sign had been broken off as well and thrown into a ravine,” Fotheringham told council.

He noted that there had been a fresh snowfall the night before the incident, which fortunately made it easy to track down the culprits.

“I called the police and an officer and I went to the house. We spoke with the residents and we were able to get the signs back. I told the offenders that a bill would be coming their way for my time and for the 4x4 posts they broke.”

Fotheringham said they wouldn’t be pressing charges in light of that, which the offenders agreed to.

The stop signs were originally erected at the intersection back in the fall as there were speeding concerns in that area of Earlton with cars entering and leaving the town.

At the time, council felt it was the best option to combat the speeding issues.

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker