Will Saline residents see police in a Chevy Tahoe rather than a Ford Crown Victoria?
Interim Saline Police Chief Mike Lindman has a request for a new patrol car for the police department on Monday night’s City Council agenda.
He’s chosen a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe at a total cost of about $33,580, which includes specialized police equipment.
His memo states that the department has historically replaced its oldest patrol car each year and because Ford ceased manufacturing the preferred Crown Victoria model in March of 2011, he could not find one that matched the color of Saline’s fleet. Lindman wants to replace a 2008 Crown Victoria with more than 115,000 miles on it.
According to his report, there are a limited number of “pursuit rated” patrol vehicles in the market and they include the Ford Explorer and beginning with the 2013 models, the Ford Taurus, as well as the Dodge Charger, and the Chevrolet Impala, Caprice and Tahoe.
He said the Impala is made in Australia and there is a 7-month wait, which left the remaining choices when he did a cost comparison.
The car would be paid for through the police department budget that has $29,500 for the purchase of a new patrol car and $5,700 for equipment.
Although a Lansing dealer provided the lowest bid price for the vehicle, Lindman is recommending the bid from Crispin Chevrolet of Saline that was $505 higher. He based his decision “on known good service and the convenience of working with a local dealer.”
In addition, he is recommending the second low bidder to outfit the car, this time based on a closeness for service of the specialized police equipment. The low bidder was Alert from Portage, Mich., and he states in his memo “the distance for service is a concern.” Priority One of Livonia had the second lowest bid, which was about $230 more.
Also on the agenda are the renewal of on-premise liquor licenses for the Saline American Legion, Maplewood Lanes, Dan’s Downtown Tavern, Brecon Grille, Ruby Tuesday, Mac’s in Saline, Biwako Suchi and Mangiamo. All of the establishments are in compliance with local ordinance requirements and the city has raised no objections to the renewals.
And before the regular meeting at a work session, the rehabilitation and modernization of the city’s wastewater treatment plant will be the focus of a discussion. It’s expected that later in the evening, the City Council will vote on a $19,800 contract proposal by Tetra Tech to study plant operations.
The study “will identify causes, implications, and the extent of existing deficiencies and provide options and opinions on construction costs,” while developing a priority list for funding, the agenda item reads.
Any future projects would be included in the fiscal year 2013 budget and would be funded through the wastewater treatment plant replacement fund that currently has about $1.9 million annually in reserve funds.
The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. at Saline City Hall in the council chambers, and the regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
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