A drug dog will be the newest addition to the Quay County Sheriff’s Office next year, said Sheriff Joe Schallert at the Quay County Commissioners meeting Monday.
The dog is a Malinois, or a Belgian Shepherd, and is being purchased for $5,000, Schallert said.
His name is Toro.
The funding was provided through a JPA, or joint powers agreement, between the Sheriff’s Office and the village of San Jon.
Deputy Mark Dahlsten has volunteered to be the K-9 officer. Dahlsten and the dog are expected to begin training in late January in Oklahoma, Schallert said.
In other business before the commission:
l Approval was given to the Quay County Fire Marshal to purchase a $68,000 pump testing trailer. Testing of equipment is required by the state, and ensures that pumpers and other equipment are delivering the correct amount of water to fight fires, said Fire Marshal Don Adams.
l Approval was given to increase volunteer firefighters’ medical and life insurance benefits.
l Misty Vick, who is coordinator for the CDBG, Community Development Block Grant, reported that roof work on the Trigg Memorial Hospital is progressing.
Funding sources for the hospital’s repairs are also being changed so that the medical center is in a more advantageous position to receive additional federal dollars, Vick said.