Nuangola Council Addresses Street Sign Theft

Someone keeps stealing the Gay Avenue street sign in Nuangola.

At the Oct. 10 council meeting, resident James Stook thanked council for getting the sign replaced one day after he reported it stolen.

“You can’t get much better service than that,” Stook said.

Nonetheless, council needs to find a way to deter thieves because this wasn’t the first time the sign was stolen, president Joe Tucker said.

He suggested raising the height of the sign because it sits by an embankment where a person could stand to reach it.

Council member Mark Gandyzk suggested placing two signs back to back with a steel plate between them and a cage encasing the signs.

“They’d have to take the whole pole out” to steal the sign, he said.

But then he thought of a simpler solution: move the sign to the opposite side of the street, where there is no embankment and a potential thief would have to stand in a private yard to take the sign.

Tucker said the new bracket that holds the sign on the pole seems to be sturdier than the previous bracket, but he will investigate moving the sign to the opposite side of the street as well.

In other news, a letter from a resident complaining about speeding on Nuangola Avenue provoked discussion with Andrew Hashagen, the Rice Township police officer on hand at the meeting.

Hashagen’s concern was that there is no borough property on which an officer can park along Nuangola Avenue and have enough visibility to trap speeders.

“If anybody is willing to let us sit on their property to run speed, we’ll do that,” he said, noting he needs a