CHARLESTON - Mississippi County commissioners are requesting a meeting with the sheriff to discuss the county's fuel crisis.
"They're down to $2,500," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said of the sheriff's fuel budget during Thursday's regular County Commission meeting.
"They need to park some vehicles and not use them so much," said Commissioner Martin Lucas. He also suggested the sheriff's department should get rid of any extra vehicles in its fleet.
As of Aug. 11, the sheriff's department only has 35 percent of its total operating budget left, according to Blumenberg, noting line items such as parts and repairs and office supplies have gone over budget in addition to the fuel budget.
Blumenberg predicted at this rate, the sheriff's department would go over its fuel budget by at least 35 percent by the end of the year.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners reappointed Layton Pickard of Charleston to another three-
year term on the county's Senate Bill 40 board. With this appointment, all openings on the SB-40 board have been filled.
Commissioners still have two vacancies on the Industrial Development Authority board to fill. Officials will contact Dick Brown of Charleston to see if he would like to serve another term on the IDA board. Brown's term expired July 31, according to County Clerk Junior DeLay.
* The county will charge the city of Charleston $75 per hour to mow Whipple Park.
Commissioners also agreed to rent the county's long reach excavator to Levee District No. 3 at $75 per hour. The district needs the excavator to put a culvert in, according to Commissioner Homer Oliver.