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Booneville may put the brakes on vehicles

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 10/01/2013 7:11 pm
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- James Olive heads up the Booneville Street Department. He takes his vehicle home. That could change.

The Board of Aldermen may take away that privilege.

"Just say a tree blows down or something. We've got to come out. Most of the time we keep equipment in the trucks, so that's going to cause a little longer to do stuff," Olive said.

Booneville Mayor Derrick Blythe says something has to be done.

"It's a perk of the job for the department heads to carry a vehicle home, but at the end of the game it's all about what's best for the city of Booneville, not what's best for that department head."

While Blythe would prefer to see the police and fire chief keep their vehicle privileges, he has mixed emotions.

"Our police and fire chief are on call 24 hours a day, but I also feel if you do it for one, you can do it for all."

"Maybe (there are) some areas that shouldn't, but if there's an emergency situation needed a.s.a.p. they need to take those vehicles home," Booneville Fire Chief Jerry Wallace said.

Around ten city vehicles are taken home daily-even by some who are not typically called in after hours.

The city spends $250,000 annually on fuel.

The mayor says parking vehicles could save the city ten percent or more a year.
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