Sheriff Modena Responds to De-Signing Macon
Last night at Macon's quarterly Neighborhood Watch meeting members of the volunteer group De-Signing Macon had some harsh words for the Bibb County Sheriff's Office stemming from an incident last Saturday on Hartley Bridge Road where the group was met with resistance by a deputy.
"The Bibb County Sheriff's Department has an identity crisis, they can't tell the crooks from the people who are trying to do right so they are harassing people out on the road picking up signs and letting the people putting up the signs do it." -John Ricketson/De-Signing Macon
"I'm not gonna respond. I don't even know this guy. But what I will respond with is we try to do the right thing and we're going to continue working on it till we get it right. In the meantime we've got other duties. We've got to work wrecks, we've got to answer burgler alarm calls, we've had bad weather going on and I could go on but I won't." -Jerry Modena/Bibb County Sheriff
Sheriff Modena says the department is looking into the issue which is complicated by the fact that the right of way is not a standard measurement everywhere, the length of the right of way varies depending on where you are.
"If we go out there and we don't have the maps that show us where the proper right of way is, then we will violate the law by going over ourselves on private property and pulling down signage that has a legal right to be there." -Jerry Modena/Bibb County Sheriff
Modena says he is briefing the deputies on the issue.