Park, traffic signs stolen from Comlara Park

HUDSON (Heart of Illinois ABC) — Street signs around a park in McLean County are disappearing, and about 10 of them have gone missing in the past few weeks.

Now the McLean County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to help get to the bottom of this.

Brett Murphy, Comlara Park’s maintenance supervisor, said in August, while doing regular maintenance at the park, he noticed some signs and signs around the park were starting to disappear.

Murphy said more signs went missing around Thanksgiving.

“It’s a bit demoralizing because of that because we’re here and we spend our time keeping things clean as best we can and trying to get the facility running as best we can and then we have little things like that happen,” Murphy said.

Some of the missing include stop signs, a flashing yellow light near Evergreen Lake, park rules and regulations signs, and a map of the White Oak campsite, donated by the Girl Scouts.

McLean County Sheriff’s Deputy Laurin Bartelmay said replacing signs can be expensive, especially park signs, which cost around $250.

Bartelmay said in his six years of watching the park he had never seen anything like it.

“Some people like to collect signs,” Bartelmay said.

“But to the detriment of the citizens of McLean County, I think that’s the wrong thing to do,” he added.

Bartelmay added that taking signs that help people navigate the lake area can also compromise safety.

“It’s to stop people driving into the lake,” Bartelmay said. “We’ve had issues in the past with people driving into the lake,” he said.

Bartelmay said anyone with information about the stolen signs can contact the McLean County Sheriff’s Department.

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