Twp. approved purchase of police cars

FLINT TWP. — Six new vehicles are being added to the police department fleet.

Four are budgeted replacement patrol cars and two are for use by investigators.

The acquisitions were separately approved by the township board at recent board meetings.

At its March 19 meeting, the board approved the purchase of two Ford Taurus SE sedans for $41,392. The cars will be used as unmarked vehicles used by plain clothes police investigators, said Police Lt. James Baldwin, fleet manager.

Funds to buy the cars are covered by an $45,365 insurance company settlement payment for a patrol car that was totaled in a recent crash.

Lt. Baldwin received two quotes for the fullsized sedans from area dealerships.

The purchase of two Ford Taurus for about $21,000 each, through the Macomb County Bid Process, is from Signature Ford in Owosso. Two Chevrolet Impala LS for about $21,000, available through the Genesee County Bid Process, were from Hank Graff Chevrolet of Davison.

Baldwin said he chose the purchase from Signature Ford, which was about $200 lower in cost, to differentiate investigator vehicles. There already are two newer model Chevy Impalas in the department’s fleet.

The new cars will replace high-mileage vehicles currently used by investigators.

At its March 5 meeting, the township board approved the budgeted purchase of four patrol vehicles.

It is that time of year, said Police Chief George Sippert, adding that having a wellequipped patrol fleet is critical.

He recommended the purchase of four Chevrolet Tahoe four-wheel drive police patrol vehicles prices at about $35,185 each for a total cost of about $140,741.

The price was obtained through the Genesee County bid process and will be purchased from Hank Graff Chevrolet.

These will be replacement vehicles for an older Chevy Tahoe and a Ford Interceptor that will be retired.

An additional cost of $37,119 was approved to equip the new cruisers with some saving realized by reusing available equipment from vehicles being taken out of service. The installation work will be done by Cruisers Corp. of Howell.

The department has established a relationship with Cruisers, having contracted with them to outfit and service the police fleet since 2008.

Additionally, the board approved the purchase of four radar units from Kustom Signals in Kansas for $6,156 total. The units were purchased though the state of Michigan bid process.

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