Sheriff's office interested in town vehicle

By RICK WATSON
Posted 3/21/19

SIPSEY – Nick Key, director of operations at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, asked the Sipsey council on Monday to consider a proposal involving a vehicle owned by the town that is no longer …

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Sheriff's office interested in town vehicle

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SIPSEY – Nick Key, director of operations at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, asked the Sipsey council on Monday to consider a proposal involving a vehicle owned by the town that is no longer being used. 

“It runs good, but it’s in pretty rough shape cosmetically,” Key said.

Key proposed that the town sell the unused vehicle to the sheriff for $1. The county would take over maintenance of that vehicle and put it in service in Sipsey and the surrounding area. 

“We’re not interested in buying the vehicle for the Blue Book price. All we’re interested in is utilizing a vehicle that otherwise is just going to sit here,” he said. 

The county is prepared to amend the current substation agreement to include the vehicle, and if at any time in the future the town wanted the vehicle back, the county would sell it back for the price they paid. The council took the proposal under advisement. 

Key also gave an update on the progress for the new county substation in Sipsey. Remodeling for the area is completed, the desk is in place and the computer should be installed this week, according to Key. The security cameras should be in place soon. 

Mirrored windows are also in the plan, and the sign should go up before the end of next week, according to Key. 

“All calls for East Walker County will be dispatched through the sheriff’s department,” Key said. After the substation opens for business, the sheriff’s department wants to have an open house for the town and the people in the community, according to Key.

“We used your example as a guinea pig for Townley and Curry,” Key said.

In other action, the council: 

• Passed a motion to evict the tenant of Curtis’ Car Care, which has not paid rent to the city in over a year. The council will initiate the eviction procedure for this tenant.

• Heard assistant fire chief Craig Grace report that there is a problem with power inside the town’s storm shelter. The fire department has to use a booster box to get the generator cranked for emergencies and tests. The council approved contacting an electrician to make repairs to the electrical system in the storm shelter.

• Approved three new members of the Sipsey Volunteer Fire Department. Jennifer Reed, Tommy and Heather Bridgemon. The department now has 16 volunteers.

• Heard Grace report that the last time tornado warnings were issued for the town that the current storm shelter had standing room only. The shelter is designed to hold 150 people, and there were more than that in the shelter for the last warning in Sipsey.

Citizens in the community reached out to the Walker County Emergency Management Agency to see if it would be possible to build another storm shelter in Sipsey. Grace followed up with the EMA, and a representative told him they could move forward if the city owns the property. Mayor pro tem Brenda Robinson said the city does own property near the public ballpark. Grace will contact the EMA and ask them to move forward with a proposal for the council’s consideration.

• The council passed a motion to close the town's police account.