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Q: Why is the Gila County Sheriff's Office allowed to use a hose to wash its vehicles? Just about every Saturday, inmates are in the sheriff's office parking lot washing the vehicles with a regular hose. Why can the sheriff's department still use a hose to wash cars while everyone else in Payson is restricted to using commercial car washes or power washing equipment?

A: Buzz Walker, director of the public works department, said the ordinance contains an exception when a vehicle must be washed for "public health, safety or welfare".

"Normally we would expect a pressure washer to be used, but in the wrong hands, it can be used as a weapon," Walker said. Since the GCSO has inmates washing the cars, using a pressure washer is not an option, he said.

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