Clay County Commissioners accepted a bid from Four Stars Auto Ranch for two patrol vehicles for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office during a regular meeting Monday, Jan. 28.
The vehicles, 2013 Chevrolet Tahoes with police packages, will cost taxpayers $54,053.42. The SUVs are priced at $29,276.71 each before trade-ins. Four Stars offered trade-in values of $1,500 for a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria with 157,000 miles, and $3,000 for a 2004 Ford half-ton pickup with 209,000 miles.
The bid was over budget by $5,053.42. Sheriff Kenny Lemons noted that the vehicle budget of $49,000 has not increased since 2005, when the department used patrol cars. Lemons pushed for the use of Chevrolet Tahoes after taking office in 2009. The trade-ins are the last of the department’s 10-vehicle fleet that are not SUV’s with the exception of a 2011 Dodge half-ton pickup issued to the chief deputy.
During August 2011 budget hearings, commissioners moved the budget line for the purchase of patrol vehicles from the Sheriff’s budget to the general fund as an incentive for Lemons to get his budget under control. The overage in this this year’s purchase will come from the CCSO vehicle maintenance budget, which will likely run short by the end of the fiscal year, ending Sept. 30.
In a Dec. 31 meeting of the commissioners, Lemons said one of the new vehicles will be issued to Chief Deputy Mark Elgin, and the pickup, the CCSO’s only four-wheel-drive vehicle, will go to Jail Administrator Melissa Whitaker.
In other business, commissioners:
- Approved a request by Tyler Garrison of the Natural Resources Conservation Service to apply for the Hog Out County Grants Program
- Approved use of the courthouse grounds and annex restrooms on Saturday, April 20 for Turkey Fest
- Took no action on a possible burn ban
- Approved the monthly treasurer’s report
- Approved payroll and all accounts relating to county finances
- Approved payment of bills by Clay County Memorial Hospital
Clay County Commissioners meet again at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11.