GLOVERSVILLE - City officials approved a Police Department request to buy and outfit two new cruisers.
A 2007 white Ford Crown Victoria sedan cruiser was damaged May 17 while an officer was driving to answer a call for service, Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said today.
The cause of the crash was investigated and a ticket issued for the driver of the car that didn't yield for the police cruiser, he said.
The city will save money on parts and labor from the totalled vehicle. That's because parts from the damaged cruiser will be used to repair two other cruisers, he said.
"We're going to put two other vehicles back in service at less of a cost to the city," VanDeusen said.
Money for the purchase and equipment already is in the Police Department budget.
It will cost about $48,000 for the new cruisers, plus another $6,000 to equip each patrol car for police service.
The request, awaiting the signature of Mayor Dayton J. King at the Common Council's meeting next week, outlines the department's replacement plan. Twenty-seven thousand dollars - $6,000 for equipment plus a down payment of $21,000 - may be drawn from an existing city account. The $27,000 balance for the new cruiser will be paid for over two years as lease payments through Ford Motor Credit.
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