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Sheriff, commission to work on cruiser funding

At its work session on July 30 the Lawrence County Commission and Lawrence County Sheriff will try to draw up a funding plan to replace the aging cruisers in the sheriff’s office fleet.

“We have got to come up with a plan to supply the sheriff’s office with cruisers,” Sheriff Jeff Lawless told the county commissioners at their regular Thursday meeting. “The cruisers are on their last legs and are dangerous to drive. They are completely worn out.”

In 2012 Lawless’ office spent $80,000 on repairs to the cars and so far this year has spent $40,000.

Recently, Fayette County and the Huntington Police Department gave the sheriff’s office three cruisers that they were planning to dispose of. Those vehicles cannot be put into the sheriff’s fleet until they are outfitted with radios, light bars and stripping.

Lawless asked for $28,000 to cover those costs. The commission took no action on that request.

Also at the meeting the commission approved contracts for resurfacing county and township roads with Allard Excavation LLC of South Webster for a total of $1,481,005.

Roads to be resurfaced are County Roads 120, 144, 53 and 24S and Township Roads 82 in Windsor, 1185 in Upper, 1384 and 1385 in Rome, 147 in Lawrence, 1339 and 1026 in Fayette, 179 in Elizabeth, 166 in Decatur, 111 in Pedro and 196 in Pedro.

Grants will cover $1,010,824 of the costs.

In other action the commission:

• Approved a right of way permit for J. Lenny and Debra McClary to enter County Road 6 to construct a driveway and install box culvert to existing culvert;

• Approved right of way permit for Paul Hart to enter County Road 410 to replace existing sign;

• Approved a loan forgiveness program for installation of septic system for Silvean Arnold, Jerry Brooks and Sarah Kelly;

• Received the weekly dog warden report where 12 dogs were euthanized and 23 were adopted or went to rescue.