Brown County Commissioners heeded a request by representatives of three motorcycle clubs Monday and approved a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.
"As everyone knows, motorcycles are inherently dangerous," Survivors United Motorcycle Club member Carl Carroll told commissioners. Carroll noted that in 90 percent of motorcyle-auto collisions, the auto drivers said they did not see the motorcycles. Carroll urged motorists to "look twice" to help ensure they see motorcycles, which Carroll said, don't give riders the protection that autos provide to motorists and passengers.
Commissioners and County Judge Ray West signed a proclamation urging "riders and motorists alike to give each other the mutual respect they deserve."
It is the responsibility of riders and motorists alike to obey all traffic laws and safety rules, the proclamation states.
In other business Monday, commissioners:
• Authorized the sheriff's office to purchase a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. After a trade-in allowance on a 2006 vehicle, the cost of the vehicle and equipment will cost a maximum of $24,000. Sheriff's officials raised nearly $6,500 with the sale of two county vehicles and a seized vehicle, and the remainder will be paid from seized funds, commissioners were told.
• Opened four bids for food service for the Brown County Jail. Commissioners will review the bids and consider awarding one at their May 6 meeting.
• Approved jail administrator Becky Caffey's request for a state-approved exemption to the bid process for the purchase of produce, milk and bread for the jail.
• Approved an employee change for the jail. Capt. Tony Aaron told commissioners the jail is getting to a "critical level" in the number of jailers on the payroll and said the jail is not receiving many applications.