Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
February 2, 2013 6:43 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Seven manhole covers and sewer grates were taken from city streets in the past two weeks creating hazards for vehicles and pedestrians.


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First, four manhole covers were discovered missing on Foundry Street behind the Rite Aid on Newark Road. Steel grates were also taken from Upper Gilchrist Road near the theater, on East Burgess Street and East Chestnut Street.

Taking the grates and covers is dangerous, Mayor Richard Mavis emphasized.

“I consider it the equal of covering up a stop sign,” he said.

The covers weigh 80 pounds, he noted, which means the thief probably had help.

The mayor said scrap dealers are supposed to notify the city if such items are brought to them, and the police have been checking at places that recycle metals.

The manhole covers cost $131 each to replace.

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