golf cart towing
Bitten

Fort Stewart, GA

#1 Aug 27, 2006
Letters to the editor
Opinion | Editorial
Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 12:30 am Savannah Morning News
In response to your Aug. 14 editorial, "Bubba and Chunk Show," my husband and I are residents of McIntosh County and certainly do not find it "amusing" to watch the battle between two top officials, Sheriff Chunk Jones and County Commission Chairman George "Bubba" Deverger Jr.

In response to your Aug. 14 editorial, "Bubba and Chunk Show," my husband and I are residents of McIntosh County and certainly do not find it "amusing" to watch the battle between two top officials, Sheriff Chunk Jones and County Commission Chairman George "Bubba" Deverger Jr.

We are very concerned over the state of our county politics - especially the county commissioners and the sheriff. They are like children who cannot play in the same sandbox without fighting. It is embarrassing to many McIntosh residents.

Before the incident of the towing of golf carts began on July 1, my husband and I were riding a golf cart when we were stopped by a very nice McIntosh county deputy sheriff who asked us if we knew about the golf cart regulations that the sheriff was going to begin enforcing. He told us that we would be required to purchase a yellow flashing light for the top of the golf cart and a triangle sign that denoted slow-moving vehicle for the back of the cart. He did not indicate when this was going to begin.

We began searching for the yellow light and the sign which we purchased at a cost of $75.00 for both and my husband installed them on the golf cart. Keep in mind that July 1was the beginning of the holiday weekend when thousands of people from other counties come to bring their boats, golf carts, etc. to our little community here at Shellman's Bluff.

On Saturday, a deputy sheriff along with three different towing companies began to tow golf carts to the residents' homes. One older gentleman was towed one block to his house and was told it would cost $75 for towing. Another was towed across the street to his house for the same towing fee.

I called Sheriff Jones that evening and was told he would call me back. Yeah, right. That Sunday my husband and I stopped at the sheriff's office after church and were told that he was not in, but that we could see him on Monday morning. My husband went on Monday morning and again, the sheriff was unavailable to see him. The chief deputy was unavailable also. He talked to a deputy sheriff who told him the same thing that we had been told before - we had to have the yellow light and the triangle sign.

Our commissioner, Ray Proudfoot, did contact the county attorney who indeed did tell the sheriff and the county commissioners that the state law only prohibited golf carts from riding on roads where the speed limit is above 35 mph. Consequently the ordinance was written that way -nothing about the yellow light or the triangle.

We were not the only residents that followed the direction of the deputies, only to find out that we did not have to have either. We do not have a problem with the sheriff cracking down on the four wheelers that are ridden on our streets. Neither do we have a problem with cracking down on young children driving golf carts without adult supervision. What we do have a problem with is the way the sheriff and his deputies went about letting the residents of McIntosh County know they were going to do this. There should have been a massive campaign to let the residents and others know.

We feel there was a conspiracy between the towing companies and the sheriff and/or deputies because it was a holiday weekend and there was money to be made. We definitely agree that our illustrious sheriff has some explaining

to do, however, you can never get in touch with him. He should be remember that he is an elected official and his time belongs to the people.

SALLY and BILLY DELOACH

Townsend
LAWYER

Townsend, GA

#2 Nov 28, 2006
Bitten wrote:
Letters to the editor
Opinion | Editorial
Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 12:30 am Savannah Morning News
In response to your Aug. 14 editorial, "Bubba and Chunk Show," my husband and I are residents of McIntosh County and certainly do not find it "amusing" to watch the battle between two top officials, Sheriff Chunk Jones and County Commission Chairman George "Bubba" Deverger Jr.
In response to your Aug. 14 editorial, "Bubba and Chunk Show," my husband and I are residents of McIntosh County and certainly do not find it "amusing" to watch the battle between two top officials, Sheriff Chunk Jones and County Commission Chairman George "Bubba" Deverger Jr.
We are very concerned over the state of our county politics - especially the county commissioners and the sheriff. They are like children who cannot play in the same sandbox without fighting. It is embarrassing to many McIntosh residents.
Before the incident of the towing of golf carts began on July 1, my husband and I were riding a golf cart when we were stopped by a very nice McIntosh county deputy sheriff who asked us if we knew about the golf cart regulations that the sheriff was going to begin enforcing. He told us that we would be required to purchase a yellow flashing light for the top of the golf cart and a triangle sign that denoted slow-moving vehicle for the back of the cart. He did not indicate when this was going to begin.
We began searching for the yellow light and the sign which we purchased at a cost of $75.00 for both and my husband installed them on the golf cart. Keep in mind that July 1was the beginning of the holiday weekend when thousands of people from other counties come to bring their boats, golf carts, etc. to our little community here at Shellman's Bluff.
On Saturday, a deputy sheriff along with three different towing companies began to tow golf carts to the residents' homes. One older gentleman was towed one block to his house and was told it would cost $75 for towing. Another was towed across the street to his house for the same towing fee.
I called Sheriff Jones that evening and was told he would call me back. Yeah, right. That Sunday my husband and I stopped at the sheriff's office after church and were told that he was not in, but that we could see him on Monday morning. My husband went on Monday morning and again, the sheriff was unavailable to see him. The chief deputy was unavailable also. He talked to a deputy sheriff who told him the same thing that we had been told before - we had to have the yellow light and the triangle sign.
Our commissioner, Ray Proudfoot, did contact the county attorney who indeed did tell the sheriff and the county commissioners that the state law only prohibited golf carts from riding on roads where the speed limit is above 35 mph. Consequently the ordinance was written that way -nothing about the yellow light or the triangle.
We were not the only residents that followed the direction of the deputies, only to find out that we did not have to have either. We do not have a problem with the sheriff cracking down on the four wheelers that are ridden on our streets. Neither do we have a problem with cracking down on young children driving golf carts without adult supervision. What we do have a problem with is the way the sheriff and his deputies went about letting the residents of McIntosh County know they were going to do this. There should have been a massive campaign to let the residents and others know.
We feel there was a conspiracy between the towing companies and the sheriff and/or deputies because it was a holiday weekend and there was money to be made. We definitely agree that our illustrious sheriff has some explaining
to do, however, you can never get in touch with him. He should be remember that he is an elected official and his time belongs to the people.
SALLY and BILLY DELOACH
Townsend
There are state laws.
LAWYER

Townsend, GA

#3 Nov 28, 2006
Stae laws forbitten golf cars from being on roadway with certain restriction, including speed limit sign.This was presented to county com. chairman, he stated he have to get in touch with the state. county county road.wow

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