July 15, 2009 Edition

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Sheriff's Dept. to purchase van

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

The Quorum Court reviewed several topics and board appointments at its meeting Monday night.

Approval was given for the Lawrence County Sherriff's Department to purchase a vehicle to be used exclusively to haul prisoners. Presently officers have been required to use squad cars. The vehicle chosen is a used seven-passenger Ford Windstar with 60,000 miles for $7,900.

"This will free up man power and cost less. Right now we are sometimes tying up three vehicles and three officers to deliver prisoners when all we need with this vehicle is just one officer," said County Judge Alex Latham.

Junior Briner reported that all departments were within budget allotments during the regular June budget review. He also recommended a three percent cost of living raise for all elected officials and county employees to be retroactive back to the first of January 2009. This would cost a total of $62,236.57. This measure was approved.

The recent six-acre land purchase from The Children's Shelter, on which the county plans to eventually build a justice complex, is progressing. The county is waiting for paperwork to be finished to complete the purchase process.

It was also reported that an effort is underway to network the Circuit Clerk's Office and Sherriff's Department computers together regarding the payment of fines. Once this is completed, employees will be able to tell if individuals have made a payment on a fine in either department. It will also alert officials when someone is late paying a fine.

Several board appointments were announced by Latham.

John Thomison of Smithville was appointed to the Lawrence Health Services Board.

Andrew Jones of Minturn was appointed to the Randolph and Lawrence County Levee Board as a committee member. The state mandated levee board is responsible for overseeing the care of the levees and filing annual reports to the counties.

The justices approved both appointments.

The new Sedgwick Fire Department board members were also announced and approved by the court.

Chief John Simpkins and Lt. Greg Conrey will remain on as full board members. Other full members are Jeff McGinty, Wesley Adams and Justin Simpkins. Terrence Ward was announced as a proxy board member. Retiring board members are Gerald Berry and Captain Jim Bigger.

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