05 26 2015

Sheriff Gets Broad Support For Substation

By Larry Briscoe
Broad support was expressed Tuesday morning at Hunt County Commissioners Court to a proposal from Sheriff Randy Meeks for a substation between Quinlan and West Tawakoni.
Stan Cheney, owner of the nearby Top of the Hill RV Storage, offered Meeks his building on a no-cost long-term lease.
“The lease is for the term of the sheriff at a cost of zero,” Meeks told the court. “The building is a large metal barn that is carpeted and air conditioned with space for offices and sally port. The taxes are to be a proposed abatement.”
He said the former game room at 2669 E. Quinlan Pkwy. had been converted to a meeting facility with heat and air, carpet and lights with a bay door for vehicles as well as a front entry door for citizens and deputies.
“The area has been the target and central point for numerous crimes and criminal activity,” Meeks said. “This location will allow us to move toward our future goals in a reduction of crime in the south district. This will be a location that has the ability to temporarily hold prisoners while the deputies do the paperwork. Jail transport will move prisoners routinely to Hunt County Sheriff’s Office in Greenville, saving time for the deputy and placing him or her back in their district as soon as possible.
“This will allow us to move toward many new programs including an

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