Last updated: April 22. 2014 10:38AM - 574 Views
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Bryan County Commissioners met Monday to discuss financial issues for the county jail, sheriff’s office and courthouse.

Commissioners approved the sheriff’s office to advertise for bids for two newer police vehicles. The offer being considered currently is from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The offer includes two 2013 or newer Chevrolet Tahoes at approximately $19,000 each.

Bids were opened for the camera system that will replace the cameras in the county courthouse. Commissioners, as well as Sheriff Ken Golden and courthouse security Deputy Chad Hendricks, agreed on taking the lowest bid.

The bid accepted was from Guardian Security Solutions for $29,497. It includes 16 new cameras to replace the outdated analog cameras currently in use at the courthouse.

With an excess of money in the fund used to pay the loan that built the new Bryan County Jail, Commissioners decided to make a balloon payment on the loan.

A balloon payment will pay multiple months’ worth at one time. The current balance in the account is $204,000 while payments are $23,000.

Commissioners agreed to make a balloon payment of $150,000 leaving an excess of more than $50,000 in the account, so there will never be any issue paying the regular payments.

Commissioners said this will not only pay the loan off faster but also save on interest cost.

“I would like to see this paid off,” said Commissioner Jay Perry. Commissioner Monty Montgomery added, “I like to treat the county’s accounts like I do my own. You know, save a dollar wherever I can.”

- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news

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