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Town Acts Swiftly on Civic Association's Call for Sign Fixes

Graffiti mars dozens of local street signs; town begins cleanup.

The this week called upon the Town of Brookhaven to act on a rash of vandalism to street signs, and the town heard the call loud and clear.

Responding to a letter sent Tuesday from past president Herb Mones on behalf of the Civic Association, Julia Wilson, an assistant to Highway Superintendent John Rouse, said Wednesday that work orders have been issued to clean up or replace a number of signs that were vandalized. She said the town's sign division, as well as the foreman assigned to the Stony Brook and Setauket areas, will inspect the area for more cleanup work.

"Unfortunately, the 'tagging' of signs has become rampant," Wilson wrote in her reply to the Civic Association. "It is a costly and labor intensive issue for the town and one the Highway Division does not take lightly."

In many cases the letters "JEL" and "TV" and the number "322" have been spray painted on stop signs, speed limit signs, bus stop signs, and others.

Previous instances of vandalism in the Three Village community have occurred at the Long Island Rail Road trestle over Nicolls Road, which has been .

Mones said the town should take a proactive approach to solving the problem, and Wilson then said the town has been working with the Suffolk County Police Department to apprehend the vandals.

"Roadsides that are litter free, landscaped with trees and appropriate signage adds to a community’s sense of place, enhances the overall quality of life, boosts property values and can even calm traffic," Mones wrote in the initial letter. "An increasing problem in the Three Village community is the  deterioration of our ‘streetscapes’ because of the number of town street signs now marred by graffiti."

Tc August 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Has anyone else noticed the complete lack of, or faded road striping markings in the Stonybrook & Setauket area. This is a very hazardous condition for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. This is definitely in need of the towns immediate attention. In areas of recent road-resurfacing pavement striping guidlines and safety markings have already begun to fade in areas? Why.
Christine Sampson August 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Hi Tc, Thanks for the idea. I'll look into it to see if I can put together a story.
Sue Stephan Lambert August 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Doew anyone know what these markings mean? Are they gang related in any way?
Tc August 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Thanks Christine!! It really needs attention!
Christine Sampson August 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Hi Sue, there is no information regarding whether these markings are gang symbols. You can be sure if anything develops that they are, I will be reporting it on Patch!

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