Court buys ACO van, approves sheriff up to $8,000 for cruiser

By Chris Cooper -

Where to pull $8,000 to help purchase a new police cruiser for the sheriff’s department, was a question magistrates pondered at the Tuesday meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court. Magistrate Jo Orange wanted to take it from the sheriff’s budget, however, according to the county treasurer, there may not be enough funds there to get it.

Sheriff Wallace Whittaker was instructed by the court the first of the month to purchase a new cruiser for $28,380, after hearing a 2001 cruiser caught fire and was totaled by the insurance company. The sheriff had told the court then he wasn’t sure he would have enough money in his budget to handle all the costs.

At Tuesday’s meeting Whittaker reported he was short approximately $8,190, after insurance paid $12,190 and he pulled $8,000 from the drug fund.

“We need to take it out of the sheriff’s budget,” said Orange.

Treasure Amanda Warren said there was currently a little over $3,000 in the sheriff’s equipment line item, however, the sheriff didn’t want to use that up this early in the year.

“We are talking about $8,000. That is not a lot of money. I don’t want to drain his equipment budget,” said magistrate Thomas Bouldin, who made a motion to take the money out of the solid waste contingency line item up to $8,000. His motion passed.

Also at Tuesday meeting, three bids appeared on the agenda, one for the archives building rehabilitation project, one for the historic courthouse retaining wall repair, and one for an animal control vehicle.

Magistrate Bouldin immediately made a motion not to open the bids because there were only one for each. His motion included re-advertising. The court by law must take bids on projects or purchase over $20,000. The body usually likes to have at least two bids on a project or equipment purchase seeking competitive prices.

Magistrate Orange asked that the animal control cargo van not be rebid, but instead opened Tuesday. Bouldin said he did not mind leaving that one out of his motion. Orange serves on the Logan County Humane Society Board, who contracts with the county to manage the animal control officer position.

“I just wish we had more bids on the van,” said magistrate Barry Joe Wright. “I tried to get more bids and called around. I’m not sure why we don’t have more.”

The sole bid, which passed with a unanimous vote, was from Hunt Ford for a used cargo van for $22,000. The van will be utilized to pick up stray animals in Logan County. The other two bids will be revisited at a future court meeting.

By Chris Cooper

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