Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 11, 2014

Vehicle for CCSO tops meeting

CHEROKEE COUNTY — A request for a replacement vehicle to use for transport of prisoners to different areas outside Cherokee County was approved by county commissioners during their meeting Monday.

“We have a van that we use to take more than one prisoner at a time to the courthouse for hearings, but the car we use on a daily basis to transport them to facilities all over the state” needs replacing, explained sheriff's assistant Carolyn Martin. “The vehicle we have right now is a 2010 Crown Victoria with 180,000 miles on it.”

Earlier this year, Sheriff James Campbell petitioned the court for a new pickup to replace a 2007 crew cab that he had used for the duration of 118,000 miles.

While his vehicle was still good for use and would be passed along to another member of his department, for safety and practical reasons, “I try to get rid of (department vehicles) when they hit 125-150 thousand miles on them,” he said

in March.  

Meanwhile, during Monday's meeting commissioners also gave approval for precincts to purchase a new boom mower through Buy Board, as well as agreed to join TIPS, a co-op purchasing agreement similar to BuyBoard, said Judge Chris Davis.

“By doing this, it'll help us get lower prices because we have greater buying power through such co-ops,” Davis said.

While the court also agreed to provide equipment and manpower to a parking lot project at the New Summerfield Fire Station, which will supply materials, they passed on acting on request for a public hearing to lower speed limits to 30 miles per hour on County Roads 3501 and 3502.

“These are inside Cuney city limits, and we didn't think we had any jurisdiction within an incorporated city,” Davis explained.

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