Sheriff Larry Powell reported to the McPherson County Commissioners on Tuesday the county jail is suffering a lot of mechanical issues due to obsolete parts.
“Practically everything we have out there equipment-wise is obsolete,” Powell said.
One recent example was the malfunction of a unit that controls the security cameras in the jail. An emergency replacement was purchased for $10,750, which the board approved.
Powell provided another instance where one of the circuit boards for a master control terminal began to malfunction. Powell said a replacement only was found by finding a warehouse online that had 11 of the obsolete model still in stock.
Powell said 90 percent of the mechanical problems the department is experiencing are happening at the jail, and most of the problems are due to obsolete models.
Powell said while no request was being made by the sheriff’s department at this time, he wanted to make county commissioners aware of the problems.
“It may come up in the future, and there’s a possibility that it may not come up at all,” Powell said.
In other business:
• Commissioners approved a request by county maintenance for the purchase of a 2002 Chevy 2500 HD truck. The truck will come as a replacement for an older 1991 model.
• Commissioners appointed officers for the 2013 year. Commissioner Ron Loomis will act as chairman of the board, and Commissioner Duane Patrick will act as vice chairman.
• Commissioners unanimously approved an application by the Lindsborg Masonic Lodge #397 to adopt the roadway of CR1961, which runs 1.25 miles from Lindsborg city limits to Smoky Valley Road. McPherson County Public Works will provide vests to the lodge.