Clay County Commissioners approved the purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s office, as well as proposals for the refinancing of road equipment, during a regular meeting Monday.
The county requested bids for three and four SUV-type patrol vehicles, receiving responses from two dealerships. Trade-in values for the office’s oldest Chevrolet Tahoes fell short of what commissioners and the sheriff expected, leading to the purchase of two.
Commissioners accepted a bid from Four Stars Auto Ranch of Henrietta, after adjustments, for the purchase of two 2015 Tahoes to be delivered in approximately eight weeks at a cost of $49,014.50 after trade-ins. The cost includes labor for CCSO graphics and the installation of equipment. Four Stars valued the trade-ins at $7,500 and $8,000 for the two oldest models in the CCSO pool. Both trade-ins were purchased in 2009.
Four Stars submitted bids of $72,271.75 for three Chevrolet Tahoes and $129,029 for four Tahoes. The county budgeted $60,000 in the general fund for the purchase of vehicles, an increase of $11,000 from last year.
Commissioners discussed the option of going over budget to purchase three vehicles as requested by the sheriff, before settling on two.
“I’m not worried about $12,000 breaking the county,” said County Judge Kenneth Liggett. “But, it’s one (budget overage) after another, after another.”
Two financial institutions offered finance rates of 2.25 percent, down from just over 3 percent, for equipment in precincts 3 and 4. Precinct 3 will refinance two John Deere maintainers and a backhoe through American National Leasing. Precinct 4 will refinance one maintainer and a skid steer through First National Bank of Wichita Falls.
Commissioners also accepted an $11,251 bid from Red River Equipment of Iowa Park for the purchase of a 1977 Caterpillar front end loader from Precinct 2.
Commissioners approved payment for a new sheriff’s office website at a cost of $180 plus $60 per hour for training from the county’s general fund. The website was completed before commissioners approved the payment. Sheriff Kenny Lemons also had the option of paying for the website from the CCSO budget.
Lemons told commissioners that plans for the site include public information, such as estray notices, a list of local sex offenders, bonds and the inmate roster. The sheriff’s office also has a page on the county’s new website.
In other business, Commissioners:
- Declared a Precinct 3 computer as salvage and replaced it with a surplus machine.
- Appointed Clay County Treasurer Debra Alexander as county investment officer.
- Approved the prioritization of roads qualifying for repairs with County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone grant funds, designated by the state for repairs caused by oil field traffic.
- Accepted the legal opinion of County Attorney Seth Slagle concerning the sell or trade of forfeited weapons by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.