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Sheriff: Get rid of junked cruisers

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has a few patrol vehicles that are beyond repair.

Sheriff Steve Rushing spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors about proposed methods of disposal for the units during Tuesday’s docket meeting.

“We’ve been robbing them for parts but we need to clean up out there,” said Rushing.

The vehicles have ruined transmissions, blown head gaskets or other problems that made them beyond economical to repair or return to service. In their present condition, they’d have to be hauled off to auction in Hattiesburg — an option he said was not cost effective — sold as scrap or otherwise disposed of, said Rushing.

District 3 supervisor Eddie Brown asked if the sheriff was requesting permission to advertise them to sell for scrap.

“You want to get the most money you can. It’s going back to your department, isn’t it?” asked Brown.

“To the general fund,” Rushing said.

Rushing said he would gather all the necessary information on each unit prior to next week’s regular meeting of the board so that the cars can be removed from the county’s inventory and the supervisors would be fully informed before making a decision on how to dispose of the vehicles.

In other business, the board:

• Discussed options for the most economical choices of providing cold drinking water to work crews.

• Approved a request from Justice Court for permission to destroy old files of archived, closed cases, in accordance with state guidelines. Permission must be granted from the county board and the state archives.

• Agreed to hear a presentation from a new representative of The Retail Coach, a retail advisory group based in Tupelo that is currently in contract with both the county and the city of Brookhaven, before making a decision whether to renew that contract.