CH may use Tahoe for K-9 unit

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/13/17

CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council discussed using a Tahoe seized in a drug bust for the city’s K-9 unit.

Mayor Mark Chambers said the seat of an LTD Crown Vic was taken out earlier and a cage installed to use for a K-9 dog. However, …

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CH may use Tahoe for K-9 unit

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CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council discussed using a Tahoe seized in a drug bust for the city’s K-9 unit.

Mayor Mark Chambers said the seat of an LTD Crown Vic was taken out earlier and a cage installed to use for a K-9 dog. However, Police Chief Paul Agnew said that vehicle has engine problems and can’t be used. The Tahoe — whose title still needs to be obtained — has more room for the dog and is more easily accessible.

Officials were sending the Crown Vic to Bevill State Community College to be worked on, as well as a Dodge Charger.

Officials tabled the matter until more title work and repairs are done, although Chambers indicated he would like to see the Tahoe as the K-9 vehicle as the dog would have more room. District 5 Councilwoman Suzanne Atkins said the council had discussed using the Tahoe for an administrative vehicle.

Agnew also told the council he would update a couple of recommendations for the department’s 2017 audit, including updates to the K-9 policy. The policy would be included in the department manual and training procedures would be kept for the K-9 to reduce liability. He noted no workmen’s compensation claims were made for the year.

In other action at Thursday’s meeting, the council:

• voted 5-1 to approve the minutes. Atkins voted against the minutes. After the meeting, asked about the vote, she said, “I’m in limbo about the legality of something.” District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann was not present for the meeting.

•heard Chambers say that the air conditioning was expected to be installed in dispatching over the next couple of days.

• discussed giving more than $300 for dues to the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services Systems (BREMSS), which has been helpful in getting equipment.

•agreed to pay $300 to repairs to the Legion Park sign, which was damaged some time ago in an accident.

• heard Chambers say he is still looking at used rollers for paving, possibly for $4,000, which he will discuss at Monday’s 6 p.m. work session.

•annexed property from Dona Melancon, Joe M. and Sheila Jackson and Maeburn Naramore to be in the city limits.

• agreed to have a free swim day at the municipal swimming pool on Saturday, May 27, which is the first Saturday the pool would be open for the summer. If plans for a Fourth of July event occur — which may even involve a large fireworks show — the city could have another free swimming day then, Chambers said. The council heard the swimming pool is painted and should be filled in a few days.

•heard District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough say that the city’s new website should be online within a couple of weekends. He noted when the actual first day of operation for the city pool is decided, it will be posted on the website.

•Heard a woman complain that she has had problems getting a police report for a February in accident, due to errors in the report. She said Agnew promised to have it ready within 24 hours a couple of weeks ago. Chambers instructed the chief to handle the situation.