Montgomery Commission Approves Purchase of New Vehicles for Sheriff
Approving two new police cruisers and adding two federal holidays to countywide observances were among the items handled by the Montgomery County Commission in a brief regular session on Monday, September 12.
Meeting in the Adult Literacy Center in Mount Vernon, the Commission authorized the lease purchase of a new 2022 Dodge Charger sedan and the purchase of a 2022 Dodge Charger sedan for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The price of the cruisers is $33,000 each. The Commission also authorized a trade-in allowance of $17,500 for a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup that will go toward the purchase of vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.
The Commission also authorized County Manager Brandon Braddy to accept sealed bids on a 2003 Ford Econoline Wagon, which was used as a Road Department vehicle.
In other business, the Commission updated the County’s Personnel Policy to add two federal holidays to be observed: President’s Day, (Monday 20, 2023), and Juneteenth, (Monday, June 19, 2023).
Commissioners also approved a service agreement with Government Windows, LLC, to provide installation and service of a payment portal to accept payments in the form of credit cards in the Commissioner’s Office, the Board of Tax Assessors’ office, and the Recreation Department.
Recreation Department Director Kendall Bennamon told the Commission that 10 teams will compete in fall sports, four more than last year, and that 41 cheerleaders are signed up for the season.
He said work is proceeding on a registration process which will allow parents the choice of signing their children up for sports online or completing the process on paper.
Bennamon said all of the light bulbs are being replaced at the three fields at Jim Fountain Park in time for upcoming games. Also, repairs are being made to the concrete in front of the concession stand following work on drainage issues.
EMS Director Drew James told the Commission that calls handled by his office were in the triple digits during August. EMS responded to 106 calls.
EMA Donnie Daniels reported that his office answered 21 calls in August. Daniels volunteered his services to consider review and revisions of the County’s nuisance ordinance. Commissioners Ginger Morris and Chad Kenney volunteered to assist Daniels.
Braddy reported that eight months into the year, the county is at 88% of its revenue collections, ahead of its goal of 67%, and at 61.1% of its budget in meeting the cost of expenses.