Lyford mayor pushes for county substation

LYFORD — Is the sheriff’s department moving to town?

Mayor Wally Solis wants to know if the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department would like to use the city’s old police station as a substation.

“At least we’ll have a little more help,” Solis said yesterday, noting the police department is made up of Chief Andres Maldonado and two full-time officers in this rural community of 2,600 residents.

However, Sheriff Larry Spence questioned whether the cost of the project would justify the move into the old building at 13516 Main Ave.

“I don’t really see a need for it,” Spence said.

The cost of installing computer software might be too high.

“It would be costly,” he said.

Earlier this week, city commissioners postponed discussion on the matter.

Now, Solis wants to meet with a representative from Spence’s office to discuss the proposal.

Solis believes a substation might help boost law enforcement presence to curb crimes such as thefts.

“I just want to make sure the residents see more law enforcement around,” Solis said. “This substation could help (deputies) with paperwork.”

Even though budget cuts have left his department short-staffed, Spence said his deputies routinely patrol the area.

“We answer calls, check on buildings, drive through and be seen,” Spence said.

Lyford police protection

Chief and two full-time officers

Oversee city of 2,600 residents