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Village looking into new police cars

SPRINGVILLE—After years of wear and tear on the village’s police cars, Village of Springville Officer in Charge Nick Budney discussed replacing the cars at the Jan. 2 Village Board of Trustees meeting.

With the two current village police cars around nine years old and starting to see some issues, Budney proposed a plan to the board to progressively replace the cars without doing them all at once and costing the village a large amount of money.

The cost of a fully equipped police car would run around $45,000-$50,000. Budney spoke with Village Administrator Liz Melock to come up with a lifecycle plan for replacing the cars and splitting the cost of a full replacement. The cost of the car would be around $25,000 on state bid and put on this year’s budget and since the village wouldn’t get the car until May, could put the outfitting costs of around $16,000-$17,000 on the next year’s budget.

“That way it doesn’t have this big increase in one budget year for the police department,” Budney said.

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In his budget this year, Budney said he was able to save around $20,000 and would use that money toward the vehicle purchase. Budney asked the board to allow him to get bids for a police vehicle to see what the cost comes to and for an additional $8,500-$9,000 so he has enough to fully purchase the vehicle.

The board later approved Budney to get bids for the new police vehicle and asked him to put the plan for the car replacement in writing for the village.

“I think this is going to be a best case scenario,” Trustee Nils Wikman said. “The downside is that if we don’t do anything, we are looking to replace two 2010 Crown Vics with two new cars.”

In other board news:

– The board accepted the resignation of Doug Grube from the Springville Police Department. The board later approved the hiring of Josh Taylor to the Police Department.

– The board approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Mercy Flight.

– A public hearing was scheduled on Jan. 16 to discuss the small animal code.

The Village Board of Trustees will next meet Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building.

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