Grove Hill considers leasing police cars
The Grove Hill Town Council is considering leasing four new police cars to update the department’s fleet. Figures were presented by Chief Woodie Coats and Officer Robbie Tillman at Monday’s meeting that showed four new Ford Police Inceptors can be leased for a fouryear period for $32,750 each. With equipment added the total price is $141,883.70. Tillman averaged repairs and fuel costs to show the town can actually save money over the existing fleet by leasing new vehicles. The council was supportive of the lease idea and will let it be reviewed by the town’s attorney before making a decision. In other police news, Assistant Chief Daniel Gibson said the department’s bullet proof vests are outdated and new ones are needed. Gibson said eight new vests would cost $4,159.12. A U.S. Department of Justice Grant would fund one half of the cost and Gibson said the department has located funding for half of the balance, leaving a bottom-line outlay of only a little over a $1,000. Mayor Jerry Newton and the council agreed that the vests had to be purchased.
Cable TV franchise transferred
The council announced at the last meeting that Pine Belt Communications is buying Media3, the local cable television company, and the town was called upon to sanction the franchise transfer.
However, Mayor Newton wanted to wait two weeks to see if there were any comments or criticisms regarding the company. There were none so he asked that the franchise be transferred and it was done.
Pine Belt is a local Alabama company and has agreed to maintain a local office and a local phone number. Lisa Ray, who has worked in the office for years, will continue.
Other business The council approved a one-year service agreement with Vince Computers to maintain the computers in the police department for $125 a month. Thank you notes from Mary English of the Regional Child Advocacy Center and the Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center for the town’s support of those entities were recognized. The town has also received an invitation from the Gosport Community Improvement Center to attend a function it is having at the Senior Center the weekend after the Fourth of July. Council member Earl Wilson was absent from Monday’s meeting.