Commission chairman Roger Fleming said some people now have automatic weapons.
?Maybe they can?t find their coyotes or whatever, so they shoot at whatever is out there,? Fleming said.
Citing examples of recent vandalism, Crawford said he got a report from a farmer about kids going down mud roads in their four-wheel drive vehicles and ramming signs until they break.
?The farmer said these kids then threw the post, sign and all into the back of their truck,? he said.
Another incident, Crawford said, involved a person who stole about six signs, then got stuck on a county road in the Florence area. Before he could ask someone for help, the vandal tossed all the signs into a ditch, Crawford said.
Although it doesn?t happen enough, Crawford cited one incident where someone was stuck, and the person who was going to help the driver called the sheriff instead of a tow truck.
?I am worried about stop signs (being stolen) that go onto a major highway,? he said.
Holub said the same could be said about the loss of railroad-crossing and yield signs.
Crawford talked about the sharp curves on 310th Road.
?We have people taking lineators down, throwing tires, shooting up the signs and we just can?t keep up with it,? he said.
Fleming asked Crawford what happened in Tampa involving someone putting up a barricade.
Crawford said, ?Luckily, no motorist drove down that road until first light. If someone had come through in the dark, (the barricade) would have nailed the driver. It?s vicious stuff.?
Fleming said he, along with Holub and Crawford, would like people living in rural areas to pay attention to anything that appears out of the ordinary.
?Be aware and help us find these people who are destroying everyone?s property,? Fleming said.
Holub said with 1,600 miles of road in Marion County, law enforcement officials need the public?s assistance.
According to Dennis Mag?gard, Marion County traffic sign supervisor, the average cost to replace a sign is about $100.
?This includes the sign, post, screening and mileage (to drive to the location),? he said.
Maggard said the county has literally thousands of road signs.
Maggard and Crawford agreed that continued vandalism and theft of road signs is not only costly for the taxpayers, but also dangerous for the residents who live and visit here.
Anyone who has information about damaged signs is urged to call Crawford at 620-382-3761 or stop by the office at 200 S. Third St., Suite 5, Marion, or call the Marion County Sheriff?s office at 620-382-2144.