During a recent meeting of the Loyall City Council, Police Chief Mike Lunsford reported, during the month of July, 44 complaints were received by his department, 38 citations were issued and 25 arrests were made.
“A while back I made an arrest in a traffic stop where a car was forfeited,” said Lunsford. “It’s a 1999 Toyota Camry and I’d like to have that declared surplus and put it up for auction.”
Lunsford asked council members to set a minimum bid requirement on the vehicle if it is made available to sell.
“After we sell it, by law, we have to return 15 percent of what we receive to the commonwealth’s attorney,” said Lunsford.
Mayor Clarence Longworth said he didn’t think the vehicle had to be declared surplus. He added the council could take sealed bids to sell it.
“It’s been stored at Goshen’s Wrecker Service for a while. We started it up and it’s a good little car. It might bring a few dollars in for us,” added Lunsford.
Longworth commended Goshen’s Wrecker Service for waiving the towing and storage bill for the city.
“Be thinking about this and we’ll try to auction this vehicle off in the future,” said Longworth.
Lunsford also reported his department had been approved for a Highway Safety Grant in the amount of $5,500. He said the funds will be available Oct. 1. He added the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will begin this week and end Sept. 1, encouraging everyone to “not drink and drive” and to wear their seat belt.
“We’re still waiting on a police grant we’ve applied for,” said Longworth. “We still won’t be hiring anyone. It will just be helping out the police department if we do receive it. I think we have a good chance, but we won’t know until sometime in September.”
In other action, the council:
• Heard from Sewer Department Supervisor Mark Duff, who reported repairs had to be made on the chlorine pump. He said repairs also had to be made to a lift station on Cedar Street.
• Received a report from Street Department Supervisor Paul Collins. He said storm drains will be placed on Courtney Street to try and eliminate street flooding in that area. He also said repairs were made to a sink hole on Chad Street. He said two more pieces of equipment, one of which was donated by Harlan Fiscal Court, were added at the playground. He reiterated that garbage pickups will only be made on the first and third Thursdays of each month.
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