By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - The three Mingo County commissioners, President Greg “Hootie” Smith, John Mark Hubbard and Mike Carter, were present for the regularly scheduled meeting that was held Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. A busy agenda was addressed, with several topics becoming lengthy discussions.
A county vehicle security lot that will house vehicles seized or impounded by the county has been obtained. It is the old Mingo County Board of Education Bus Garage on U.S. Highway 52 at the foot of Sycamore Mountain.
Suggestions were made that a wind break fence would need to be installed for security and privacy reasons, and that work is to be performed in the near future. Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said he was pleased with the county’s purchase of the property, and added that it would save the county money that in the past was used for rentals of storage units to house vehicles.
A request was made by Smith and was approved by the commissioners to trade the 2013 SUV that had been assigned to the late Sheriff Eugene Crum for a 2014 Ford utility SUV that is fully equipped as a police vehicle. Jerry Colegrove explained to the commission that the price he had worked out for the new SUV was $28,420 and said that the dealership was willing to give $20,ooo for the one being traded, leaving a difference of just more than $8,000.
The proposal for a radio repeater on the police and EMS tower at Lenore is close to becoming a reality, as the last few details were ironed out during the meeting. Once it is operational, hand-held radio service will be available in the Laurel Creek, Dingess, Breeden and Twelve Pole communities.
Issues concerning voting precincts were discussed, as two to three may have to change from their current location, but no definite changes were approved. This matter was put on the agenda for a special commission meeting scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m.
Mingo County Chief Court Marshal Larry “Yogi” Croaff and Bailiff Brandon Maynard received approval to attend National Rifle Association training, and said that, once they are qualified, they can teach classes in the county and will also be a valuable asset at the recently opened shooting range at Laurel Lake.
Personnel issues were on the agenda but were discussed in executive session and no information was released to the public concerning changes or additions.
The next regular meeting of the commission will be Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor courtroom. Individuals or groups that would like to be added to the agenda may call 304-235-0380.