“They cut us back to one officer on Logan Martin Lake about four years ago,” Alabama Marine Police Sgt. Kim Moeller said.
Moeller said the new officer, Coty Brown, is a big help.
“We do receive assistance from the Pell City Police Department marine patrols,” she said. “But this allows us to patrol both ends of the lake and respond and assist each other as needed.”
Moeller said she patrols the upper end of the lake and Brown patrols the lower end, with Stemley Bridge as the approximate halfway mark.
Brown worked at the Wedowee Police Department for six years before becoming a marine police officer in June.
“Who wouldn’t want to be on the lake?” he said.
Brown said he recently moved to the Lincoln area to be close for response times to calls for assistance on the lake.
“Friday was my third day on the water,” he said.
Moeller said there have been six alcohol arrests this year and two other domestic violence custody arrests. Both marine officers will be on the water through Monday.
“In response to requests and concerns from lakeside residents about the lack of hazard buoys near the dam, we also found a couple spare standard hazard markers from Montgomery to mark the outer edges of Logan Martin Dam,” she said.
Moeller and Brown placed two markers on the outer edges of the dam Friday, one on each side where the lake depth is 45 feet.
“We have a request put in for a larger buoy that may hold up in the middle where the water drops off to 68 feet deep,” she said. “That area gets the most pull when they turn the turbines on.”
Moeller said she wanted to remind individuals on the lake that the anchors can’t be used to anchor a boat for fishing.
“Tying on to any aid to navigation is against the law,” she said.
Brown said he hopes lake-goers will boat safely and have a good time.
“Don’t drink and boat,” he said. “Designate an operator as you would a designated driver. Obey the rules of the road and make sure you have lifejackets on, especially kids (under 8 years old must wear lifejackets).”