The Fulton County Quorum Court is looking into changing all 9-1-1 road signs from names to numbers.
This was the decision reached at the Oct. 9 meeting, after the court discussed the road sign theft that continues to plague the county.
"Something must be done," Fulton County Judge Charles Willett said. "I bet we've found nearly 200 vandalized signs within just the past two weeks."
Willett initiated the discussion with the court and took suggestions from the floor on how to solve the matter. Several people from the floor referred to communities in the surrounding area that have fewer problems with road sign theft. Each attributed this to the fact that the roads are assigned numbers instead of names.
Willett estimated that the county will spend $20,000 to repair and replace the signs before the end of the year.
There is a $3,000 reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing and vandalizing road signs.
Road sign theft is such a disruption because the signs are crucial for the efficiency of the county's first responders, fire departments and ambulance services.
To report locations where signs are missing, call the 9-1-1 Office at 870-895-2237 or the Fulton County Judge's Office at 870-895-3341.