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Council to decide purchase of cruisers

January 16, 2013
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - City Council will be considering at its meeting next week whether or not to allow the board of control to purchase two new police cruisers.

Council's finance committee met Tuesday and forwarded an ordinance for consideration that would provide for the purchase of two Ford 4-by-4 cruisers with a police package and extended pursuit warranty on a lease to buy program.

The cruisers will cost $32,475 each and are identical to the department's two newest cruisers purchased last year. If council agrees, they will be purchased through the state cooperative purchasing program from Grand Ford in the East End of the city.

The matter already came before the safety committee, and its chairman Chuck Wade wanted the finance committee to also consider the matter.

Wade said, "We do have the money to lease them," saying purchasing the two new vehicles will allow the chief to take two of the older cruisers off the road, thereby saving money that he has been spending from his budget to try and keep them running.

Some of that freed-up money could then possibly be put toward the new lease, Wade said.

The committee also forwarded for council's consideration an ordinance requested by Auditor Kim Woomer to pay three vendors a total of $177.92 for purchases made by the law director's office without a purchase order.

Committee Chairman Sherrie Curtis clarified a figure she had given at a recent Thompson Park board meeting regarding how much the board had left in a capital improvement fund from a now-expired levy.

Previously, she estimated $400 might be in the fund, talking off the cuff at the meeting.

At Tuesday's meeting, she said the total is actually $3,465.71, which she has advised board President Burl Warrick.

Committee member Ryan Stovall asked when work will commence on the 2013 permanent budget, with Curtis saying they would begin on it at the next finance meeting at 11 a.m. Jan. 29.

The permanent budget has to be submitted to the county by March, they reported.



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