County to put 4 vehicles up for sale

Published 11:01 pm Monday, September 8, 2008

There was no talk of the impending budget process at Monday’s county commission meeting. Instead, commissioners met for only 20 minutes for routine housekeeping items — among those were declaring four vehicles surplus and the annual contract with the Alabama Department of Youth Services.

County administrator Brenda Petty said two Covington Area Transit Vans and two Sheriff’s Office patrol cars should be declared surplus and set for sale.

“There are three different methods we can use to dispose of the vehicles — through sealed bids, a public auction or through an auction site,” Chairman Greg White said. “These are all high mileage vehicles and have either already been replaced or are in the process of being replaced by their department.”

White asked Sheriff Dennis Meeks, who was in attendance of the meeting, which method he preferred the county to use.

Meeks said a private citizen had expressed interest in one of the vehicles. Meeks said in order to give all citizens a chance to bid on the vehicles, he would prefer the sealed bid method.

White asked that Meeks confer with county engineer Darren Capps to set a reserve price for each of the vehicles.

Commissioners also approved the annual residency agreement with the state’s youth services department.

Petty said the contract provides one bed at an approved juvenile detention center in the state at no cost to the county.

“We typically utilize that one bed and more during the month,” White said. “This contract saves the county a good bit of money as the state incurs the cost of the bed.”

Meeks said by July of this year, the sheriff’s office had made 77 trips to transport youth to the facilities — which averages to approximately six trips per month.

In other business, the commission:

awarded a contact for seed and fertilizer jointly to Andalusia Farmer’s Co-Op and Florala Farmer’s Co-Op.

gave final approval to Brock Subdivision in the Straughn Community. The five-acre, five-lot subdivision will utilize a private drive, which alleviates road upkeep responsibilities for the county.

heard an update on the Cravey Bridge Road project. Capps said he is currently waiting on the notice to proceed from the state Department of Transportation before beginning construction. It is expected to arrive within the week, he said.

announced a vacancy on the South Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Revolving Loan Fund board.

The next commission meeting is set for Mon., Sept. 23, at 9:30 a.m.