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Sheriff Williams updating fleet with five new cruisers

By Carol McIntire

Eight sheriff’s cruisers will soon be equipped with Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs).

Sheriff Dale Williams informed Carroll County Commissioners last week his department received a grant for $7,900 to purchase four terminals. The department also received a grant last year to purchase four terminals.

“The officers use the terminals to run license plates, do reports and can actually see photographs on them,” Williams explained. “They cut down on the time necessary to fill out reports. Officers can fill out the report and send it right from the terminal to the office.” 

Williams said his department does not have to provide a match for the grant. The grant was awarded by the Ohio Criminal Justice System.

Williams noted the terminals can be removed from the cruisers and be installed in the four new vehicles he is purchasing this year. Williams has received serial numbers for the new Ford vehicles, which, he said, means they have been built.

The conversation led to Williams’ next issue, the dilemma on how to pay for the vehicles.

“Before we leased the cruiser from Ford Credit for three years with a $1 buyout at the end,” he said. “Commissioner Ohler (Jeff) said he wants to finance the cars locally, but I don’t have enough money in my equipment account to pay for them from the manufacturer and then finance them locally. What do you want me to do?”

Williams noted the finance charge for the four vehicles totals $5,000. “I don’t think you’re going to get anything any better than that locally,” he said. The total purchase price for the vehicles is $106,000.

Commissioner Tom Wheaton said he believed Ohler obtained financing information from local banks and Huntingon was offering an interest rate of 2.1 percent. Since Ohler is ill and was not in attendance at the meeting, Wheaton and Commissioner President Bob Wirkner instructed Williams to move forward with leasing the vehicles through Ford Motor Credit and making one payment each year for three years.

Williams returned later in the session to announce he is purchasing an additional cruiser. Williams said the vehicle is being used as a demo at a car show and is already equipped with a police package. The purchase price is $30.000. Clerk of Courts Bill Wohlwend is providing $20,000 of the price from the State Title Funds and Williams is providing $10,000 from his budget.

In other business, commissioners:
-DID not request a hearing on a liquor permit application filed by Ayercoby doing business as D&D Drive Thru on Citrus Rd. Malvern. The application is

-APPROVED a road use maintenance agreement with Cardinal Gas Services to use portions of Azalea, Cottage, Cortex and Cordoba roads for access to the Utica East Ohio (UEO) Leesville to Harrison Pipeline in Orange Twp.

-AGREED to ask the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District for an assessment review for county-owned property at the Dog Pound, Carroll Hills School and Carroll County Environmental Services. They noted the assessment on the dog pound increased from $6 to $150 per half year; from $270 to $366 for Carroll Hills School and from $6 to $156 per half for Carroll County Environmental Services.

-SIGNED a provider agreement for Carroll County Transit with Carroll County Department of Job and Family Services from March 1, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2015, at a rate of 95-cents per mile for the length of each trip.

-ADVISED residents representatives of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline will be in the county to secure right of way agreements with residents in the near future.

-MET in executive session with Economic Development Director Aaron Dodds for contract negotiations with no action. 

-RECEIVED the monthly Golden Age Retreat report for January  showing eight male and 38 female residents.

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