North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 7, 2013

Pinson renews contract for enhanced sheriff's patrols

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

PINSON — The city of Pinson will once again contract with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for enhanced patrols.

With Sheriff Mike Hale in attendance, the Pinson City Council renewed its annual contract with Hale to provide four additional patrols in the city, as well as associated costs of dispatching, jail space, fuel nad miscellaneous expenses.

Pinson has paid $28,324.19 per month, or just under $339,000 a year, for the contract in recent years. That amount will not change as the city renews for a fourth time.

“This arrangement allows you to avoid not only the costs of maintaining your own police and jail, and you don’t have to appoint a magistrate or judge, but you also avoid the liabilities,” Hale told the council.

The contract patrols overlay the existing beats by deputies, and is a similar arrangement to that of adjacent Clay and Center Point, giving the area an additional 12 deputies, Hale said.

“We’ve had this contract for about eight years,” Mayor Hoyt Sanders said. “We started out with one [contract patrol], then we went up to two, and we’ve had four for four years.”

Hale told the council that crime rates remain down in the area, except for breaking and entering of vehicles, a trend that exists in other local jurisdictions as well.

The council also annexed 37 lots in the Emerald Valley Estates subdivision, which will allow the city to finish top-coat paving on Emerald Forest Drive, Brookhill Circle, Valley Ridge Drive, Emerald Lane and Deer Ridge Run. The city will pay about $82,000 to finish the job that was abandoned by the developer, to be offset by proceeds from a $35,000 performance bond held by Jefferson County.

Sanders and council member Joe Cochran discussed the terms of a request for proposal for the new unified garbage collection contract. Representatives from three companies spoke to the council, answering questions about schedules, recycling pickups and the like.

Cochran will draft the request for proposal over the coming weeks. Currently parts of Pinson are served by different companies, some of which pick up once a week and others twice.

In other business, the council: