County hoping to buy property for evidence storage

By: W. Curt Vincent - Editor

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Commissioners are hoping to give its sheriff’s office a permanent, more secure property to store its evidence.

On Monday, Chief Deputy Lloyd Goins asked the board to authorize negotiations to purchase the property where county evidence has been stored since August 2017.

“According to state law, we have to have an adequate and secure location to store our evidence,” said County Clerk Travis Allen. “The items need to be kept just as it was received so as not to taint any evidence.”

The county is currently renting the property where evidence is being stored, and Allen said commissioners gave County Manager Kevin Patterson the approval to go forward with negotiations to purchase the property.

In other business on Monday, the board:

— Heard from Parks & Recreation Director Bryan Graham, who invited county officials to the opening ceremonies on Friday for the Dixie Youth Softball State Tournament at the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex. A total of 64 teams will open competition on Saturday.

— Heard from Library Director Leon Gyles about the progress to make student ID cards double as a library card.

— Approved a conflict of interest policy for the county’s health department.

— Received a letter of support from the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission to approve the airport as a Free Trade Zone, which the county commissioners unanimously approved.

— OK’d the purchase of a new fire truck for the Gibson Fire Department at a cost of $364,500 as part of the County Fire Truck Replacement Plan. The bid accepted was from Fire Equipment Sales & Services out of Sumter, S.C.

— Heard from Patterson that the two fire substations had been completed on time and on budget. The county is now waiting for Duke Energy to hook up power to the two facilities.

The next meeting of the county commissioners will be Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-506-3023 or [email protected]

W. Curt Vincent