Grant OK’d to fund meth command vehicle
by James Phillips
Feb 07, 2012 | 1969 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office will soon have added help in its fight against methamphetamine production after purchase of a meth command vehicle was approved Monday morning by the Walker County Commission.

Commissioners approved a low bid of $87,900 from the Armored Group. Funds to purchase the vehicle will come from a recent grant obtained by the sheriff’s office.

“This will be paid 100 percent by the grant,” Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick said.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said the vehicle will be a benefit for his office.

“We are excited about the possibilities this vehicle will bring to Walker County,” he said. “Meth is a terrible drug, and any asset we can get to fight it, we are happy to have.”

Ralph Williams, an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, said the vehicle will be a custom-built box truck with half the inside being a command center and the other half constructed as a holding area for hazardous materials.

“We need the ability to transport meth labs safely to secure dump sites,” Williams said. “This truck will give us that ability.”

In other action from the meeting, commissioners:

•Approved a airport hanger lease for Nilo Aviation.

•Approved an Alabama Department of Transportation standard project resolution to allow roadwork on Highway 18 from the Fayette/Walker county line to Highway 69 and on Highway 69 from Highway 18 to Main Street in Oakman.

•Approved an Air Evac Membership Agreement for payroll deductions.

•Approved an agreement to use the Community Health Systems Activities Center for 2012 election returns.