County commissioners approve donation of car for Pct. 3 constable

An outdoor burn ban remains in effect for all of Shelby County.

County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted to the continue the ban, which has been in effect for several weeks.

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison said while parts of the county have received some rain other parts remain extremely dry. The commissioners' court will continue to evaluate the situation on a routine basis.

In other business Wednesday morning commissioners approved accepting a donation of a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria from Kyle Allen to the Shelby County Pct. 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood's office. While Commissioner Bradley Allen abstained from the vote because his son was the one making the offer of donating the car, the other three commissioners voted to accept the donation.

As part of the motion to accept the car, commissioners approved paying for $450 that Cheatwood already committed for putting law enforcement designation stripes on the car and an estimated $400 annually for liability insurance.

The county will work with the city of Joaquin on developing an inter-local agreement in which the city would pay for an estimated $4,500 a year for fuel for the car.

The commissioners tabled another item related to Cheatwood's office. He was seeking permission to have the court approve a deputy constable position for the Pct. 3 office.

Commissioners said they wanted to get additional information concerning the expense and potential liability associated with the request.

Weekly expenses and payroll were also approved at the meeting.