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Roan to get new car; she must drive it on out-of-town trips

By Sheryl Marsh · 340-2437

Morgan County District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark voted against allowing License Commissioner Sue Roan to buy a new vehicle when her current one has 70,000 miles on the odometer.

The purchase approval is with the understanding that Roan will drive the vehicle for out-of-town trips.

The agenda item before commissioners Tuesday requested a new car off the state bid list, after amending Roan’s 2008 budget for the cost.

Clark asked Commission Chairman John Glasscock why Roan needed a new car.

Glasscock said Roan paid about $300 for a repair on the vehicle.

Clark said he could not support a new car for Roan without more information than that.

“I’ve got over 200,000 miles on my county car,” Clark said after the meeting. He inherited the late E.V. “Plug” White’s vehicle when he took office in 1998.

Clark cast the only vote against Roan’s vehicle.

Roan bought the current car, a 2001 Ford Taurus, in November 2000.

Roan said she doesn’t know how much a new car will cost.

Commissioners who approved the purchase said they expect Roan to drive the new vehicle to out-of-town conferences for county business.

“That’s one of the reasons I voted for it,” said District 2 Commissioner Ken Livingston.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George said, “We want her and everybody who drives
a county vehicle to drive them on trips rather than charge the county mileage,” George said.

Although Roan has had a county car for years, she takes her personal vehicle on out-of-town trips and receives mileage. Last year she claimed $1,734 for mileage, records show.

She commutes in the county vehicle from her home in Hartselle to work. She and employees also use the car to do vehicle inspections.

Roan said that although she bought the car new, it has been a problem.

“It’s been a lemon from the start,” she said.

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