VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council approved the purchase of three new police SUVs at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles will cost the city $32,460 each or a total of $97,380 which was under the budgeted amount of $99,000.
While the city sent bid packets to 12 car dealerships, only Beau Townsend Ford in Vandalia submitted a bid.
The vehicles will replace three 2013 police vehicles which will be disposed of under the city’s property disposal policy.
Video of Tuesday’s meeting can be seen below:
The council also authorized the purchase of an unmarked vehicle for police use. That vehicle, a 2016 Ford Escape, will also be purchased from Beau Townsend Ford at a cost of $24,357. It will replace a 2007 Ford Escape.
The Fire Division will also purchase a new fire engine at a cost of $489,814. The fire engine will be paid for over a 10-year period from the city’s Police-Fire-Street CIP Fund which is designated for capital projects.
Vandalia will pay $233,000 down for the cab and chassis which will allow the city to realize a savings of $7,700. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery of the engine.
The new fire engine will replace a 1979 Emergency One engine that will be declared surplus.
Vandalia’s firefighters will also receive new eight sets of fire protective clothing. The clothing will replace protective gear that is 6-9 years old, aged beyond the recommendation of five year replacement by the National Fire Protection Association.
Vandalia will purchase the clothing from Janesville, a division of Vandalia-based Lion Apparel. Janesville was the lowest of two vendors. The purchase will cost $14,080, under the budgeted amount of $20,000.
In his weekly Friday Letter to Council, Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey indicated that the difference between the actual amount and budgeted amount will be spent on helmets, boots, and gloves.
In other action, the city council:
- Authorized the replacement of the city’s firewall for the IT Department at a cost of $37,954.84.
- Approved a replat of two lots that where Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill currently sits to create one combined lot. The replat also required a pair of variances regarding setbacks on the property.
- Approved a temporary advance from the city’s General Fund to the Fire Equipment Fund to pre-pay for the chassis and cab of the new fire engine. Bond anticipation notes will be issued for the full cost of the engine prior to making final payment and the General Fund will be reimbursed at that time.