By Jeremy Elrod
Colbert City Council members voiced concerns in their January meeting regarding the amount of law enforcement the city receives for the money they pay.
“I need all of you to sign this agreement with the sheriff’s department, which lists the streets around Colbert where the county provides us speed detection,” said Mayor Chris Peck. “It’s basically the same streets we’ve always done, and have just been renewing it every year.”
Peck said the streets with speed detection are “basically all of Highway 72, First Street and Fourth Street.” “I did talk to Kip (Thomas) about expanding the list of roads they run radar on, and would just need to know which streets you would like to have added onto the list,” said Peck.
Councilman Tim Wyatt voiced his experiences with traffic violations and desire to increase patrol.
“My road has gotten really bad,” said Wyatt. “So I’d personally like to see an increased presence around town.”
Peck said he doesn’t want to “turn Colbert into a speed trap.
“But there are a few places around town that could certainly use some enforcement,” he said. “Peachtree Street especially has gotten bad, and we’ve had Brandon posted in a couple different places trying to slow things down.”
Wyatt raised questions about the area currently being patrolled.
“Is Brandon required to stay in the city?” he asked.
“He has a two mile radius that he can patrol outside the city limits, and uses this as the core of where he patrols,” said the mayor.
Wyatt said he has noticed a lack of police presence.
“I just haven’t seen anyone around much lately,” said Wyatt. “People fly down my road, and blow right through the stop sign there. They don’t even slow down.”
Councilman Roger Fortson revealed his desire for an increase in patrol.
“I don’t want to get a ticket or turn Colbert into a speed trap anymore than anyone else, but someone has to be here to make a difference,” he said. “Someone has to be here, and be seen patrolling the area more.”
City Advisor John Waggoner suggested the appointing of a city liaison with the sheriff’s office.
“Why don’t we assign someone on the council as the liaison to the sheriff’s department, so they could be the person to voice our concerns?” he asked.
Peck appointed Tim Wyatt as the sheriff’s department liaison and offered final thoughts on the matter.
“Let’s complete a list of roads where we’d like to see and increase in detection, and then Tim and I will take it to the sheriff’s department to see what can be done,” he said.