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August 19, 2013

PCSO gets new trucks

McALESTER — Pittsburg County Commissioners approved an agenda item Monday to declare 14 Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office vehicles as surplus and auction the vehicles on Sept. 21.

“We’ve purchased some new ones,” said Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns. “We went to a four-door, four-wheel drive crew-cab pickup.”

Kerns said he has already purchased five new trucks and paid for them in full. “We didn’t finance them,” he said. “And with this sale (auction) we should be able to pay for the next five we have coming at the end of October.”

Pittsburg County Commission Chairman Kevin Smith said the 14 vehicles set for auction are between 2004 and 2010 models. “The cars did good,” Kerns said. “But we got the best out of them and its time to replace them.” Kerns said the new trucks are more cost efficient and will cost less to maintain then his previous vehicles. “This is what we needed all along,” the sheriff said, “but we couldn’t afford them.”

Kerns said the trucks are now cheaper to purchase than purchasing new vehicles. “Each truck cost me $23,800,” he said. “Whereas a Charger cost $25,000.”

Kerns also said the new trucks make him feel more secure in being able to effectively do his job. “If you do call for the sheriff,” he said, “you want me to get there. You don’t call me unless you need me and I don’t want my car broken down on the side of the road when you need me.”

Also on the agenda, commissioners approved a resolution to advertise for bids for a 300 gallon Wildlands skid unit for the Elm Point Volunteer Fire Department. Sealed bids for the unit are to be opened Sept. 3.

Commissioners also approved an agreement between Cummins Southern Plains, LLC and the Pittsburg County Health Department for maintenance of generators.

When covering the agenda item “reports by commissioners,” Smith said, “We are still waiting for confirmation for the dates to be set on the election for District 3 ... we don’t have anything official but hopefully we will be the next meeting.”

The election will be set to fill the District 3 Commissioner position. The position is currently vacant after the former District 3 Commissioner Ronnie Young died earlier this month.

The Pittsburg County Commissioners meet every Monday at 9 a.m. in the commissioners conference room at the Pittsburg County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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