Rail Trail vandalism concerns officials

B y Jaime Thomas

Officials are looking to take action after someone vandalized a recently completed section of the rail trail last weekend.

John Tanner, the town of Granville’s highway superintendent, said he agrees 100 percent with Supervisor Matt Hick’s desire to find the culprit.

“If you let it go and you overlook it, you’re just going to add to your problems,” Tanner said.

The vandals broke and ripped out several distance-markers and ripped off and stole many signs as well.

Tanner has estimated the damage to be over $300, between buying new signs and the labor it will take to put them back up.

If caught, a suspect in the case will face criminal mischief charges. Criminal mischief becomes a felony when a person causes more than $250 worth of damage, said Deputy Sheriff Tim Carroll.

“If we catch someone, we’ll go the full route with them — we have to,” Tanner said.

Carroll said the police are going to investigate this.

“We’ve got some leads, so we’re going to go from there,” Carroll said.

Tanner feels frustrated with the situation because of the amount of time, effort and money the town has put into this trail. He feels that his crews did a good job building it.

“It would be too bad if a few rotten apples are going to spoil it for everybody,” Tanner said.

Though the trail was mainly built using grants, taxpayer money goes into it as well.

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