CHARLESTON - Mississippi County will reduce the size of its law enforcement fleet.
"We need to sell two, buy one," said Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday.
Commissioners explained getting rid of the spare vehicle will save money on insurance and maintenance costs.
In a previous meeting, commissioners agreed to start purchasing used Highway Patrol vehicles instead of new cars for the sheriff's department.
Officials recalled seeing a 2002 model formerly used by the patrol listed for $11,500. Blumenberg said he is less concerned with the year than the mileage on the vehicles.
In other business discussed during the Thursday meeting:
* District commissioners discussed road conditions in the county, listing road sections that need oil, overlays or fresh gravel.
Commissioner Homer Oliver said Hurley Road in the first district has a section south of the viaduct with a dangerously low shoulder that needs to be built up.
Another road listed by Oliver may not be the county's responsibility as the section that needs blacktop is actually in Bertrand. "I don't think that the county can have a road in city limits," Blumenberg said.
Also discussed by commissioners was a church that would like to pay the county for some blacktop, but because the building's concrete slab foundation is at ground level, commissioners believe there is the possibility of creating flooding problems inside the church. Commissioners agreed the church should seek expert advice for their asphalt project.
Commissioners noted places around the county where blacktop was laid on a sand-road base without any gravel and has held up exceptionally well.
Blumenberg said he would like to see another half-mile overlay on Spanish Grant Road and said that, along with Miller Road, it is one of the two most-traveled roads the county is responsible for.
* The irrigation pump for the oak and dogwood trees planted last year at the Oak Grove Cemetery is back in place.
Commissioners discussed instructing maintenance crews to not use weed-eaters around the new trees as well as various herbicide options to keep the grass away from the trees.