Ann Arbor City Council OKs $278K expense for 4 new police vehicles and street sweeper
The Ann Arbor Police Department is getting four new patrol vehicles following the City Council's approval of the purchases at Monday night's meeting.
The city's labor contracts with the Ann Arbor Police Officers Association and the Ann Arbor Police Supervisors require that vehicles used by their union members will not be driven more than 80,000 miles or six years, whichever comes first.
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The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan being purchased from Signature Ford in Perry and a 2012 Chevrolet Caprice being purchased from Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing both replace patrol vehicles that will have reached the 80,000-miles limit in the next year.
The standard patrol vehicle used by the police department in recent years was the Ford Crown Victoria, which was retired last model year.
Kulhanek said the police department and the city's fleet services unit are currently evaluating all pursuit-rated vehicles from the three major manufacturers, including a Dodge Charger patrol vehicle and a Chevrolet Caprice patrol car equipped with a 6-liter V-8 engine. He said there will be four other police vehicle purchases on the next council agenda.
"With these purchases, we will have at least one of each configuration of the pursuit-rated vehicles from each of the major manufacturers," he said. "Once the evaluation process is completed, we will standardize our police vehicle purchases to one manufacturer."
The council approved the purchases Monday night by an 8-0 vote with Council Members Jane Lumm, Carsten Hohnke and Margie Teall absent.
Under a separate 8-0 vote, the council approved spending $175,175 to purchase a new 2012 Elgin Pelican series street sweeper from Bell Equipment Co. in Lake Orion. It replaces a 2001 street sweeper used by the city's field operations crews that has 6,600 hours of use.
Over the last two years, the street sweeper being replaced has been to fleet service for maintenance and repairs 82 times, of which 40 percent have been for breakdowns, according to Thomas Gibbons, financial analyst for the fleet and facility unit.
"The total cost of all repairs over the same time frame have exceeded $104,300," he wrote in a memo to council members. "Not only are the repairs costly but the excessive down time is crucial as there are no backup or spare sweepers in the fleet."
Field operations reduced its fleet of street sweepers by one unit last year, leaving it with four mechanical Pelican series street sweepers and one vacuum street sweeper operational.
The four Pelicans are used to pick up larger items and the majority of small debris. The vacuum is used as a second or "finishing" sweeper to pick up remaining debris.
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