After a lengthy discussion in executive session on Monday, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted to send a letter to the Vaiden Volunteer Fire Department prohibiting one of the department’s firemen the use of county property.
The board decided to have acting board attorney Payne Horan with Horan and Horan of Grenada to send a letter to the fire department, detailing the decision.
The decision comes in the aftermath of the Vaiden employee being arrested on Sept. 16 after a disturbance at a restaurant in Vaiden. The employee is accused of having marijuana and an assault rifle in a Vaiden town vehicle. He not only works for the Town of Vaiden but is a member of the Vaiden Volunteer Fire Department.
Because it was a personnel matter, the employee’s name could not be mentioned in the supervisors’ open meeting.
“Now, let me ask y’all a question. Is this going to be in the form of a phone call or a letter or what?” Supervisor Rickie Corley asked.
Board President Jim Neill said the letter would state that the town employee is prohibited from using fire equipment provided by the county.
“The [Carroll County Board of Supervisors] is exercising its discretionary power under the existing fire protection contract with the Vaiden Volunteer Fire Department to control who may use county-owned fire protection equipment and vehicles,” said Neill in a released statement.
All supervisors agreed during Monday’s meeting that each of them would sign the letter, once drafted, showing it was a unanimous decision.
In other board news, Horan said the board discussed the library system and a library personnel matter during executive session.