Stephens Co. Purchases Van For Inmate Work Crew

Stephens County purchases a vehicle for its new inmate work crew.

Last week, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a van for the crew at a cost of $23,389. The 2013 Econoline van will be purchased from Toccoa Ford.

According to officials, the county received four local bids on the van, with this being the lowest bid.

Money for the van will come out of the county’s capital projects fund.

Last month, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to contract with Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto for a female work crew.

That agreement is set to start on May 1.

According to county officials, the crew the county is getting will focus on litter pick-up.

After the van purchase and the purchase of needed equipment, county officials say that the yearly cost of the crew will be $39,500.

Meanwhile, Stephens County Commissioners also unanimously approved the purchase of a “CAT” Spreader Truck at a cost of $145,531 out of SPLOST V funds.

According to Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers, this is one of a number of purchases approved by commissioners for the Public Works Department in the current budget.