By AUTUMN HUGHES
The cost of gas is going up by a penny a gallon for Bradley County’s government departments that use fuel pumps located at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
The cost of gas is going up by a penny a gallon for Bradley County government departments that use fuel pumps located at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
The issue was a topic during last week’s meeting of the Bradley County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee. At that meeting, committee members voted to recommend adding a penny per gallon to the cost of gas at the BCSO fuel pumps with a $5,000 cap on a new maintenance line item in the budget, and to remove the 1-cent-per-gallon charge once the cap is reached.
Speaking to the Law Enforcement Committee last week, BCSO Finance Director Cassandra Burgess said the sheriff’s office sells gas to other county departments with sales recorded by assigned key cards. She explained to the committee in December that Collins Oil Company provides filters and maintenance on the pumps, but BCSO is responsible for the software and key card machine maintenance.
The county commission approved the measure during its voting session Monday night, with Commissioner Thom Crye casting the lone “no” vote.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved referring to the policies-and-procedures ad hoc committee a proposed policy to allow BCSO personnel to purchase their service weapons.
“Guns are very personal to these officers when they carry them for a number of years,” said Commission Vice Chairman Yarber, who is also the chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee.
• Approved referring to the ad hoc committee a request from Detective Matt Parris, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, to purchase his service weapon. That issue also came up in last week’s Law Enforcement Committee meeting.
• Approved a resolution to replace the front desk at the Bradley County Clerk’s Office. The cost will be paid by the clerk, said Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.
• Heard from Commissioner Charlotte Peak that she and fellow 4th District Commissioner Howard Thompson have appointed Carol “Peaches” Searles to the Bradley County Commission’s Beer Board.
The Bradley County Commission next meets at noon on Monday, Feb. 12, for a work session. The meeting will take place at the Bradley County Schools’ central office.
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