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Sheriff-elect requests help for new vehicle

Dallas County Sherriff-elect Mike Granthum was on the agenda at Monday’s Valley Grande City Council Meeting.

Granthum, who officially takes office in January 2019, asked the city officials about purchasing a new SUV for the Sherriff’s Department. He showed flyers of a new vehicle, which would cost more than $30,000.

The Dallas County Commission will purchase six new vehicles for the Sherriff’s Department, according to Granthum.

“We have 27 deputies and we need more vehicles,” Granthum said. “I wanted to bring it to your attention. I’ll take whatever you can give.”

Valley Grande mayor Matt Dobbs replied to Granthum’s request.

“If we’re able to do something, would a car be dedicated to the Valley Grande?” Dobbs asked.

Granthum said it would.

“We’d put on the back of the car ‘this vehicle was purchased by the city of Valley Grande,’” Granthum said. “If we purchase vehicles with drug forfeited money, we’d put that on the car too.”

The council will consider Granthum’s recommendation.

“We’ve got a little time to look into it,” Dobbs said.

City officials also set a permit fee ordinance for mobile homes, charging a one-time fee. A single-wide mobile home’s scheduled and inspection fees will be $500.

A double wide or larger mobile home’s scheduled and inspections will be $750.

Plans were finalized for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration on Wednesday at Valley Grande City Park.

The new 100.9 ALEX-FM WALX will broadcast the event live. Ice cream and peanuts will be sold at the event.

Public Safety director Boyd Pugh, building inspector Sam Smitherman, Zoning, annexation and sewer system director Tim White, Beautification and education officer Ronald Sawyer, Parks and Recreation officer Tammy Troha and Dobbs were all present at the council meeting. Community development officer Jimmy Johnson wasn’t present.

The city council’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 16 at Valley Grande City Hall.