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Commissioners approve backhoe lease, to take bids for sheriff’s vehicles


In their final meeting of 2012, held Friday, Clay County Commissioners approved a lease agreement for a backhoe and gave the Clay County Sheriff’s Office permission to seek bids for patrol vehicles.

The CCSO will purchase two Chevrolet police-package Tahoes similar to the SUVs already in use by the department. The county will trade in a 2004 Ford half-ton pickup with 209,321 miles, and a 2006 Crown Victoria with 155,135 miles. The trade-ins are the  last in the department’s 10-vehicle fleet that are not SUVs, with the exception of a 2011 Dodge half-ton issued to Chief Deputy Mark Elgin, according to Sheriff Kenny Lemons.

The Dodge pickup, the department’s only four-wheel-drive vehicle, will be issued to Jail Administrator Melissa Whitaker, said Lemons. Whitaker now drives the Ford half-ton.

Bids will be opened at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Precinct 3 will enter into a lease agreement with American Leasing for a John Deere backhoe from Yellowhouse Machinery of Wichita Falls. The backhoe will be financed for five years at 3.3 percent interest through American Leasing with annual payments of $15,000.

Commissioners also approved the outright purchase of a new backhoe trailer for Precinct 3 from Yellowhouse machinery at a cost of $8,900. Commissioner John McGregor said Precinct 3’s old trailer has a trade-in value of $3,000.

The CCSO’s intercom console, which allows jail staff to communicate with inmates, will be replaced. Commercial and Industrial Electronics of Wichita Falls bid the job at $5,268, including installation and labor, said Lemons. The new console will be compatible with existing cables and speakers.

Commissioners approved a request by Lemons to deem CCSO equipment salvage or surplus. Two computer printers will be discarded as salvage, while two in-car protective cages, two pickup toolboxes, five letter-size file cabinets, a Toshiba telephone system and miscellaneous vehicle lighting equipment were declared surplus. Surplus items will be sold in a sheriff’s sale. No date has been set.

In other business, Commissioners:

  • Approved permits for Community Telephone to bore under Bluegrove Cemetery, Wilson, Raymond Edwards, South Myers and Sanders Roads in the Bluegrove and Joy area. Road crossing fees were waived.
  • Approved a reimbursement of $170 to Deputy Eric Archer for renewal of an arson investigation license. Archer was not employed by the CCSO when the license came due, but has since returned to the department.
  • Approved the release of three pledges from Legend Bank totaling $2.28 million.
  • Approved a certificate for order, notice of redemption and payment statement authorizing the redemption of outstanding tax notes for the courthouse annex.
  • Approved County judge Kenneth Liggett’s vote to elect four trustees to the Texas Association of Counties health and employee benefits pool board of trustees. The trustees, elected statewide, serve a three-year term.
  • Approved payroll and the monthly treasurer’s report, and paid bills.

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