An almost untapped account will afford the Brown County Sheriff’s Office two new storage units and covered parking for six department vehicles.

County maintenance supervisor Les Rush, along with Sheriff Bobby Grubbs and Chief Deputy Bobby Duvall, presented commissioners with a plan Monday for installing the two portable storage units a 30-foot distance from each other and covering the two with a metal roof.

The roof construction and installation could be done by jail inmates, Rush said, and he had found the two available sealed containers in “better than excellent condition.” Total cost for the materials and both units should run between $11,000 and $12,000, he said.

Grubbs said the money could come from an account in the sheriff’s office general fund accrued from jail inmates phone calls.

When Brown County Judge Ray West asked how much money was in the account, Grubbs said it had $57,000 — “a lot more money than I thought was in it.”

The money is in an undesignated fund account, county auditor Nina Cox said, and has only been tapped for the 20- hour-a-week employee the county employs through Seniors Service America from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Rush said the sheriff’s office is in critical need of more storage. The compartments are “sealed containers” he said that are water tight and secure so “that even a spider can’t get in.”

The price he had been quoted, Rush said, would include purchase and delivery. There is room for the storage units and garage facility near the county livestock pens, he explained.

Commissioners voted unanimously to go ahead and purchase the materials and 8x8x16 foot sealed containers with the money available and not wait for the next budget year.