Because of vandalism, Kent officials want to install a security camera on or near the Main Street Bridge before replacing the American flags that typically adorn the structure every year.
The bridge has holders for 10 flags, Service Director Eugene Roberts said: Six on one side and four on the other.
The flags are put up annually around Memorial Day. This year, about a week after the holiday, Roberts said someone removed the flags and presumably tossed them into the Cuyahoga River.
He believes they were thrown off the bridge because at least one pole could be seen in the water shortly after the flags were noticed missing. None of the flags have been recovered.
Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha said a police report was never filed, noting the city is assuming the flags were victims of vandalism and the odds of identifying the culprit are slim.
The flags have not yet been replaced because the city wants to install a security camera that monitors the bridge first to avoid a similar issue in the future.
Where that camera will go is a work in progress. Roberts said the city is weighing the best and cheapest options.
Roberts said the flags are sometimes tampered with, but never before have they all been removed.
He added that years ago, when orange construction barrels were common on the bridge itself where some vehicles park, occasionally those would be found in the river as well.
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