MOUNT VERNON — The city continues to lose storm grates to thieves, who are probably planning to sell the heavy metal items for scrap.
Mayor Richard Mavis said Street Department Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported more stolen this week, including one at the intersection of Yauger and Upper Gilchrist roads that was taken during the middle of the day.
The city has lost “28 or 29” grates this spring, Carpenter reporter. They cost about $1 per pound to replace and they may weigh anywhere from 80 to 120 pounds.
Carpenter has been comparing notes with towns around the county and it is thought about 50 or 60 have been stolen countywide.
Grates stolen from private property, such as parking lots, are the responsibility of the property owner to replace.
Mavis said the city has been working on ways to make the grates more difficult to steal, such as spot-welding them in place or installing a locking metal strap. If nothing else, the measures may delay the thieves long enough for them to be spotted.
If anyone has information about the stolen grates, they should contact the police.
The city has about 2,000 of the storm grates in place.
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