Sheriff's substation is good idea, says Oak Grove City Council

Friday, February 7, 2003

OAK GROVE ---- Deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office are apt to be spending a lot more time in Oak Grove once a substation is equipped to meet their needs.

Members of the Oak Grove City Council met with Sheriff Chuck Medford and Capt. David Slaton several weeks ago to air their concerns regarding rampant meth production and juvenile vandalism in their town.

They discussed the possibility of establishing a substation at the firehouse to provide deputies and state police personnel a place to hang their hat and write reports when in the area.

Medford said Thursday, "We will use it, not every day, but it will come in very handy and we intend to be there whenever we can."

When the city council met again for their regular meeting on Tuesday night, they voted to set up substation facilities for law enforcement after learning that the fire chief had given his blessing for use of the building.

The fire house is located in the heart of Oak Grove, at the junction of Hwys. 103 and 21, known as the four-way-stop.

Mayor Jean Morgan suggested that they provide air conditioning for the warm summer months.

"There is heat there, and fans," she said. "We can do air."

Alderman Vickie Allen said another phone line would need to be installed.

The existing line rings through to all volunteer firefighter homes.

The council voted to do whatever is necessary to accommodate the deputies, believing that a police presence will deter crime.

"It will make a difference," Morgan stated.

"People around town have been hoping they'll have a station there," added Alderman Gary High. "It would tickle us to death to have them there."

The council members voiced their approval for the plan, some suggesting that a sign designating the fire house as a substation would be beneficial, as would the presence of a police car parked out front.

"Having a substation should assure more of a presence," Morgan said.

All of the aldermen agreed that the number of deputies in Oak Grove had increased since their meeting with the sheriff.

"They're here all the time now," stated alderman Eugene Reynolds.

"I've been noticing more people in jail," another added.

Medford added that the substation would be especially useful in bad weather and at night.

"It will give us a place up there to establish a presence and we're definitely pleased with the idea," the sheriff said.

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