Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported at Friday’s supervisor meeting in Coffeeville that funding from the U.S. Corps of Engineers to provide patrols at the lake could be reduced. His department currently receives $51,000 annually to patrol portions of Enid and Grenada lakes located in the county.
Humphreys told county officials that a proposal from the U.S. Corps of Engineers could cut the funding an estimated 20 percent for the next five years. He also said that he had reached out to Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Congressman Bennie Thompson for help to maintain level funding.
Humphreys explained that the lake patrol money is vital for his department and is allocated to pay one deputy and make one vehicle payment.
He also reported that all three elected officials are helping with the matter and is optimistic that the 20 percent cut to the fund could be reversed.
“Congressman Thompson has done a great job for Yalobusha County, his guys called me immediately and have reached out to Corps officials in Vicksburg,” the sheriff explained.