Hyde sheriff says department needs more money

Published 3:49 am Saturday, January 20, 2007

By Staff
Commissioners approve subdivision’s final plat
By DOUG GIBBS, Correspondent
SWAN QUARTER— Hyde County Sheriff David Mason Sr. told commissioners in a meeting this week that more money is needed for deputies’ positions.
Mason told the board that he is trying to recruit new deputies. He said his department’s equipment budget is lean, too.
Mason said salaries for inmate supervisors were not included in the budget, but are needed.
Interim County Manager Carl Classen and Commissioners’ Chairman Charles Ray Spencer will discuss these needs with Mason in a separate meeting to be scheduled soon.
Mason also asked the board to grant permission for his son David Mason Jr. to work with the sheriff’s department. The board took no action on the request.
The final plat for the Preserve was approved by the board. The residential subdivision is slated to be built outside the Sladesville community, near Sandy Point.
The board approved an $11,000 emergency contract with Virginia-based Gately Communication Company. A company representative will strengthen the guide wires on the sheriff’s office’s communication tower. The tower is near the public-safety center site.
In other business, the board voted to pursue a state cost-share grant to repair the drainage system at the former O.A. Peay School in Swan Quarter. The building houses offices for the department of social services and Hyde County Schools.
Out-of -state travel expenses were approved for Emergency Management Coordinator Tony Spencer. He will be attending the 2007 National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans in April.