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Deputies to get new bulletproof vests
COLDSPRING -- Following a vote by San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court, the county sheriff's department will be getting new bulletproof vests. Meeting last week in regular session, commissioners passed a motion to purchase 29 bulletproof vests at a cost of $539 each for a total cost of more than $17,200, but not before a lengthy discussion of where the money to make the purchase would come from. "Do you have a plan on how to pay for them?" asked San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. Answering, Sheriff David Clark said, "It is my understanding it would come out of the general fund." "Everything comes out of the general fund," Faulkner said. "It was brought to our attention that there may be some funds to pay for them," Clark said. Faulkner told Clark if the cost for the vests is not in his (Clark's) budget that he would have to take the money from another line-item in the sheriff department's budget to pay for the vests. While Clark indicated that there was some money that could be taken out of his budget for health insurance, he had wanted to purchase a couple of used police cars from Conroe with that money. "Do you want to take care of vests or cars?" asked Faulkner. "I'm not going to jeopardize the lives of our officers so we'll take vests and get cars later," Clark said. "While we're on cars, everybody over there (sheriff's department) has cars, including dispatchers and jailers and driving the cars home every day. In the past everyone was not given a car," Faulkner said. In other business, commissioners approved an inter-local agreement for jail services with Madison County who will be housing inmates in the San Jacinto County Jail. Also approved was a memorandum of agreement between the county sheriff's department and the Special Operations Training Detachment, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center who will be conducting training sessions in the county during July. The purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet 2500 HD Silverado truck for Pct. 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs was approved by the court. Marrs said he will finance the truck over a two-year period. "I have a 2003 Chevrolet with over 167,000 miles on it," Marrs said. He said he has some money coming from the City of Shepherd for work done on an inter-local agreement that he will make the first payment with and the second and last payment will be budgeted in next year's budget. The court voted to accept a donation of $8,250 from 23 residents of Marina Court and Marina Drive in Holiday Harbor for road paving. Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno said the work has already been done and the money received. In other business commissioners: • Approved an investment policy for 2013 for the county. • Approved a renewal and two-year extension of a depository contract with Peoples State Bank. • Accepted a financial report for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2012 for the San Jacinto County Historical Commission.