Pontotoc County supervisors asking for help in catching sign vandals

By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress

Do you think it’s cute to spray paint a road sign? Pay a fine! Road signs across the county are being vandalized with spray paint and the Pontotoc County supervisors are vowing to prosecute and fine to the fullest extent of the law.
“We are going to ask for the maximum fine,” said board president Wayne Stokes.
“The citizens of Pontotoc need to understand it is their tax dollars that are being spent on replacing the signs and get involved in helping to keep the vandalism from happening.”
Stokes said a stop sign costs some $100, “and that is just the basic cost of replacement, it doesn’t include the manpower to put it back up.”
Even possessing a sign that belongs to the county can constitute theft in the courts, so if you know of anyone who has a sign or you see one being vandalized it should be reported according to county officials.
Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said vandalism is a misdemeanor so anyone caught can be fined in justice court. “Anyone wishing to report vandalism can call the sheriff’s department at 489-3111,” said Mask.
In other business the board disbursed the privilege tax. Pontotoc County Schools received $4,873.08, Pontotoc City Schools received $464.10, the city of Pontotoc received $2,088.46, Ecru received $232.09 and Sherman received $696.15.
The board also approved for Bill Wardlaw to attend veterans service training in Tupelo this May.
The board accepted the resignation of Donald Ray Owens from the Airport board which was tendered in February.
Voluntary direct deposit will be a service that county employees can take advantage of come May.
Updating the employee files will take place in April, and the county employees that wish their paycheck to be direct deposited can do so.