(MITCHELL) - Signs warning would-be criminals that neighbors are watching out for one another will be going up soon in Mitchell.
Krystal Shetler, of the Times Mail, reports Perry Reynolds, the man who started efforts to create a neighborhood watch program in Mitchell, was at the city of Mitchell's Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Tuesday afternoon at City Hall to request the city use some of its public safety funds from the Local Option Income Tax to purchase 20 signs for the city.
Reynolds said he found signs online that will cost $19 each. The signs are aluminum and reflective. He estimates they are about 20 inches by 12 inches. He said a few will be ordered for businesses downtown, and the rest will be placed around Mitchell.
Once the city orders the signs, Reynolds said he will work with the city's street department on placement, noting underground utilities will need to be marked before posts can be driven into the ground.
Reynolds said he currently has nine block leaders who cover anywhere from two to six blocks of the city.
Clerk-treasurer George James said he discussed the purchase with the state board of accounts, which approved the use of the LOIT funds because the signs were for public safety. The board approved his request.
The next neighborhood watch meeting, he said, is slated for 6 p.m. on April 26 at City Hall. Anyone who wants to get involved is urged to attend.
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