Fayette police 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

There are a couple of signs missing on North Fayette Street.

For years there was a four-way stop at North Fayette and Gross streets in Fayette, but not anymore.

The stop signs for Fayette Street traffic were removed recently to allow a continual flow of traffic on the north-south route.

Police chief Jason Simon told village council members Thursday that with the school now in a new location, the stop doesn’t have the importance that it once did.

In addition, the pressure on the pavement from loaded trucks is damaging the surface and that should cease without the stop.

Chief Simon said the department is monitoring the area and has not noticed an increase in traffic speed since the signs were removed.

Two faded “No Parking” signs will be replaced in the alley near the post office.

Simon’s activity report for the month, from July 13, included:

Two animal complaints; 13 incidents with juveniles; eight thefts; four assists to other agencies; three assists to motorists; one suspicious situation; four responses to alarms; one civil incident; two domestic incidents; two recovered properties;

three harassment complaints; one liquor violation; seven reports of vandalism; three disturbing the peace complaints; five open doors found; one complaint of open burning; one suicide threat; one report of breaking and entering.

Three citations were issued for disorderly conduct and six were written for curfew violations. Curfew is at 10 p.m. every night but Friday and Saturday when it is extended to 11 p.m.

Two traffic crashes were reported in the past month. Citations were written for failure to display registration (five), speeding (five), reckless operation (one) and driving with a suspended license (three).

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