The van that carries around inmates as part of the litter abatement program is on it’s last leg, said Logan County Jailer Jim Ray at the Tuesday, Aug. 12 fiscal court meeting, and a new one is needed.
Members of the court were given quotes by Ray on three 2010 Ford vans, one Ray said was from Murray and had been brought to Logan County by sheriff Wallace Whittaker for magistrates to look at.
Although the court voted to accept the van from Murray for $16,000, it wasn’t a unanimous vote, as magistrate Jo Orange chimed in saying something didn’t make sense to her.
“I’m curious why the van is already here before we even bought it,” said Orange. “This doesn’t make any sense. It just happens to be here. Something doesn’t smell right.”
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin, who said he felt it was common practice to bring a vehicle to be looked at, told Orange she needed to ask Wallace.
Whittaker was absent at Tuesday’s court meeting and couldn’t answer questions Orange had. However, he commented when asked by the ND&L after the meeting.
“The van was in Logan County already,” said Whittaker. “They delivered it to B&J Auto in Auburn to be sold and I went and picked it up from there.
The sheriff said he knows the court wants to save money and this van was the cheapest of the quotes.
“It was in the budget last year to purchase a van and we couldn’t find one it reasonably priced. When this one was located, I went and got it for them to look at it. It wasn’t like I could go and get the other vans quoted from other states. I was just trying to make it easier for the court,” Whittaker said.
Orange said at the meeting there might not be anything wrong, but she was just curious why the one the county is buying was already here.
The court voted to purchase the van from Murray, with Orange voting no and the other magistrates and judge executive voting yes.