Brown County commissioners approved several matters Monday related to the sheriff’s office at the request of Sheriff Vance Hill.
• Approved the purchase of a patrol Tahoe. The cost of the vehicle, equipment and installation of equipment totals $40,138.
• Approved the purchase of seven sets of tactical gear for the SWAT team for $13,797, to be paid for out of the sheriff’s office donation fund.
Hill said the equipment has a shelf life, and it’s time to replace the existing equipment.
• Approved the purchase of cameras for the interview and conference rooms for a total of $2,646.
• Approved the purchase of security covers for jail televisions for $41,200, to be paid from the inmate commissary fund.
Hill said the sheriff’s office is required to furnish televisions for the cells. Inmates sometimes rip the wires out and use the wires for purposes including heating coffee, Hill told commissioners. He said the sheriff’s office replaces 12 to 15 televisions a year.
The security covers are designed for jail use and will prevent the wires from being ripped out, Hill said.
• Authorized the sheriff’s office to accept a $500 donation from Carl Boivin.
• Discussed the need to replace or repair the floor in the jail kitchen. Linoleum that was installed when the kitchen was built is pulling away from the walls, Hill told commissioners.