City workers say thieves target small street most often
BY PATTI ZARLING • PZARLING@GREENBAYPRESSGAZETTE.COM • MARCH 15, 2010
You might think street signs for Lombardi Avenue or Reggie White Way would be among the most frequently stolen in Green Bay.
You'd be wrong.
That distinction goes to a little street on the city's southwest side whose name invokes a giant hairstyle of the 1980s —perhaps best personified in country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus — Mullet Place. You know, business in front, party in back.
Jim Haskins, a member of the Olde Norwood Neighborhood Association board, said neighbors living on and near Mullet Place wondered why the street sign was placed so high up on the telephone pole facing Ashland Avenue.
"That's so people don't steal it," he said.
The street runs just two city blocks, with intersections at Ashland, Oakland and Norwood avenues. Chris Pirlot, public works operation manager for Green Bay, said the city didn't have signs at those intersections for about three years because they would turn up missing.
"We were told they'd disappear," he said. About a year ago, the city placed the sign high up on the pole along Ashland Avenue.
"We decided we needed to do something; this is a city street, after all," Pirlot said.
On Jan. 28, street workers installed signs at the regular height at all three intersections, following a request from a City Council member. Pirlot said the sign perched higher on the pole will come down soon.
In early February, street workers noticed signs were missing for Norwood Avenue, and a note was left on the post saying Mullet Place signs would be next, Pirlot learned from John Krock, sign and barricade lead worker for the city.
City workers replaced those signs, and nothing's been missing since, Pirlot said Thursday.
"I don't know what's up," Pirlot said, and joked: "Maybe someone's part of the witness protection program and doesn't want people to know where they live.
"My assumption had always been someone's stuck in the '80s and thinks it's an amusing sign. But that's pure speculation."
The street was named in the 1820s after John Mullett — two t's — who was a surveyor working on private land claims, according to local historian Mary Jane Herber. It costs about $50 to $60, including labor, for the city to replace signs, he said.
Late last year, a city employee made news when he swiped an Aaron Rodgers Drive street sign.
Thomas Hodkiewicz was convicted of interference of a traffic sign and disorderly conduct for swiping a special sign from Minnesota Avenue in the days leading up to the Green Bay Packers matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
Street signs named after the Packers, however, rarely are stolen, Pirlot said. The city occasionally loses signs for streets with "people" names, like Smith Street, Heather Road and Mary Jo Drive.
"Someone sees it and thinks they'd like it for their dorm room," Pirlot said.
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