Commission delays disposing of items from Sheriff’s Office
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Jul 15, 2014 | 831 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A request to dispose of a list of assets from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be set aside until the new administration takes office in September.

Finance Committee chairman Ed Elkins had requested a chance to further review the list at the last County Commission meeting.

At the time, he noted there was one item — a digital recorder — listed to be disposed by recycling; however, it was listed as “cannot find.”

This prompted Elkins to say, “I don’t know how you dispose of something you cannot find.”

The commission passed it along to the Law Enforcement Committee, which discussed the matter Monday morning.

The list contained mostly computers tagged as obsolete and none newer than six years old.

“It’s obvious from the date of some of those computers that they are obsolete and probably not operable at this point in time,” Elkins said.

He said the reason for his questioning the list is “we really didn’t have any chance to look it over” before the commission’s meeting last week.

Chief Deputy “Buck” Campbell said because the department is going through a transition there are things required by law to be done before a new administration takes over.

“The county mayor generally asks us to stay on top of this stuff,” Campbell said.

He agreed with Elkins the computers “are pretty much obsolete.”

“They all have Windows XP, but we use Windows 7 so they do not work with the software we use now,” Campbell said.

He said Sheriff Jim Ruth said since a complete inventory was required, the list could be added to that inventory and turned over to the new administration or it could be disposed of now as requested.

“[The new administration] may want to keep some of this stuff, they may not. But, that may be the best course to give them the choice,” Campbell said. “That’s what the sheriff is recommending.”

Elkins said the timing of such requests is important because insurance is based on inventory.

“Insurance is based on the value that is on the books — probably around the first of June,” Elkins said. “We need to get the requests early, because if you have vehicles on there that are ‘parts cars,’ we don’t need to be paying insurance on those for a whole year. I think there’s some work we need to do as a body to set some policies and tighten this up.”

Elkins made a motion to accept the recommendation and send it to the full commission which passed unanimously.

The commission, in its only decision Monday, agreed to place the recommendation on its next voting meeting agenda.

Prior to that commission work session, the Finance Committee approved routine fund transfers.

It also heard a report from County Attorney Crystal Freiberg concerning some insurance matters surrounding an accident which occurred with a county vehicle while transporting prisoners.

According to the report, the medical costs for the prisoners totaled more than $67,000 from an accident which reportedly caused little or no damage to either vehicle involved.

Committee members decided to delay any further action on the matter until Freiberg can have further discussions with the hospital and the insurance companies involved.

Freiberg also addressed the Tax Committee after the work session concerning properties being sold for taxes in arrears.