September 22, 2010 LAPEER — The sheriff's department has requested to create a contract for non-preference wrecker services in Lapeer County. Undersheriff Bob Rapson brought the proposal to Thursday's county commission meeting.
As of November 1, Central Dispatch will no longer maintain a rotating wrecker call list for law
enforcement agencies. Rapson said the sheriff's department believes that contracting for wrecker services will prevent price gouging, ensure speedy response times and eliminate any claims of favoritism. Two contracts for each of three zones would be awarded—one for vehicles under 20,000 pounds and one for those more than 20,000 pounds. To be eligible to bid, wrecker companies would also abide by other conditions, including a minimum number of trucks, lot size and response time.
"The cost to citizens would be the key component to selection," Rapson said, adding that they have fielded complaints about exorbitant towing costs.
Drivers will still be able to request whatever wrecker company they'd like. The non-preference contract companies will be called when a motorist isn't familiar with the area or any towing companies.
The sheriff's department is suggesting that they start with a three year contract with two, one-year extensions. Some commissioners expressed concern over a three year term. They'll discuss contract lengths and other details at their full board meeting tomorrow, Sept. 23.
In other county commission business:
•Parks Director Ken Elwert presented a draft policy for distribution of parks millage monies. A .33 mills park millage will be on the November ballot. If approved, 25 percent of the funds generated will be given to townships, cities and villages. The commission will discuss the draft policy in more detail at their full board meeting on Sept. 23.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.