Security Still on Table

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

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Lauderdale County's security committee, made up of supervisors Jimmie Smith and Craig Hitt, county administrator Tony Green and Sheriff Billy Sollie, recommended the need for security at the County Annex building.

At Thursday's work session Supervisor Ray Boswell said he didn't need it and the public didn't want it.

"Do you really think we need a metal detector to search everybody that comes in that building," asked Boswell. "I mean, is there that much danger involved in this building? If there is, then some of you guys need to change your profession."

Boswell suggested paying county constables some additional money to take over security duties, but Smith maintained that security is needed.

"Right now it's conscience. It's on our minds and we're very conscious of what's going on. If we don't do something to help protect this building and people in it and then something happens, we're going to have egg on our face," said Smith.

Boswell responded with an argument that the county cannot afford the cost.

"Every time that you take money away and put it into this project we don't need, it's going to take away from other sources that we could use for something else," Boswell said. "There's only so much money around and you have crammed this stuff down the people's throats until they're tired of it."

The board then agreed to talk to the constables between now and next Tuesday's board meeting and make a decision on the security issue at that time.

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