Supes to provide community center keys to deputies, road crews

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Lamar County deputies and road crew workers will soon be getting bathroom privileges at community centers after the Board of Supervisors decided that those employees shouldn’t have to wait long drives to find relief.

District 1 Supervisor Steve Lampton presented the idea of providing keys to road foremen and deputies during Monday’s meeting in the William J. “Pete” Gamble III Chancery Courthouse in Purvis.

“I think our Road Department has issues when they are pulling heavy equipment and big trailers,” he said. “These guys need a place where they can go to the bathroom. I think it would be a good idea to give our road foremen and crew leaders keys so they would have access to these bathrooms when they are out working on different jobs. I don’t want spread keys out across the country because that’s when we got into trouble. I’m talking about a limited number of keys. Deputies might also have a chance to go to the bathroom.”

Supervisors were concerned that county residents had been misusing the community centers and keeping or copying keys to the community centers after they had been rented for an event, and then returning at their own leisure.

Incidents of vandalism and unclean activities had been discovered.

District 2 Supervisor Warren Byrd said the board does need to address the problem.

“I do absolutely get it,” he said. “I don’t know what to do; I don’t know how to keep control. And when it rolls back, I’m not opposed to trying to add an amendment to fix this.”

Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies or road crews that stopped at convenience stores to use the restroom presented a safety issue.

“If you park at a service station and people outside don’t see you in the station, they know you’re in the bathroom,” he said. “You are a potential target.”

Lampton said the problem has been putting a key in the general public’s hands.

“The general public has been a problem as far as stealing ice machines, stealing ice, skinning a deer in a voting precinct and other things,” he said.

The supervisors unanimously decided to provide keys to the deputies and road crew personnel.