County bids disaster trailer goodbye

Published 1:05 am Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Covington County is no longer home to an outfitted disaster response trailer, granted in 2004 under a Department of Homeland Security grant.

County EMA director Susan Harris said at Monday’s commission meeting, one of the grant requirements was to assemble a team “with a high level of training” to respond to disasters; however, in the years since the award, the project was unable to be completed.

“When I was hired (in 2009), I tried to assemble a team and get the needed training, but I couldn’t,” Harris said. “So, the state asked to transfer the equipment and trailer to a place that was trained, which was the Ozark Fire Department.”

Harris said the trailer and equipment is made available to anyone in the state during a disaster.

“It only made sense to send the equipment to a place that was trained to use it,” she said.

The county was also required to transfer ownership of a 2006 Ford F150, which was used to pull the trailer, she said.

On Monday, commissioners ratified the property’s transfer.

In other business, the commission:

• appropriated $13,362 to replace a sheriff’s department car that was totaled in December when struck by another driver.

• appointed Kennith Mount to replace Jason Jewel as the county’s representative to the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.

• Commissioner Harold Elmore expressed his appreciation to the community for their support of his late sister, Glinda Elmore Beasley, who recently died from cancer.

• voted to surplus a 2004 Ford F150 with 230,000 miles, two office desks and a filing cabinet. Both the truck and the cabinet will be sold on