In a unanimous vote, Elbert County commissioners approved resolutions to replace seven aging sheriff's department vehicles. The two resolutions passed at the board of commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 10 authorize the finance and …
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In a unanimous vote, Elbert County commissioners approved resolutions to replace seven aging sheriff's department vehicles. The two resolutions passed at the board of commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 10 authorize the finance and purchase of two Dodge Chargers, one Dodge Durango and four Dodge Ram pickups.
The county plans to enter into a five-year, 2.7 percent financing deal with Kansas State Bank for the $356,000 required for the purchase of the vehicles and make quarterly payments of a little over $19,000. The cost of the new vehicles was included in the 2014 budget, but the BOCC delayed the purchase until the end of the year to ensure the funds were available.
“In 2014, we didn't execute this because our revenues weren't what we felt they needed to be until just recently,” County Manager Ed Ehmann told the BOCC on Dec. 10. “We're at a point where we are comfortable replacing these vehicles.”
Part of the $356,000 price tag includes the upfit costs from the vehicles' standard equipment to make them serviceable as a police car. The upfit includes equipment essential to law enforcement vehicles, including internal cages, consoles for lights, decals and racks for electronic equipment and new radios.
In order to handle the increased electrical draw from additional electronic equipment and lighting, the vehicles also require a more powerful alternator and heavier wiring than an off-the-shelf model.
The typical life cycle of a vehicle in Elbert County begins with the sheriff's department. As they age and become less reliable for police service, they are transferred to less rigorous duty either within the Public Works Department or into the county's fleet of pool vehicles.
“We're in a replacement program where we start out with our fleet in the sheriff's department and as they reach 75,000 miles or so we transfer them into other departments or into our pool,” Ehmann said.
Pool vehicles are used for county business as well as some commuting by public officials and staff authorized to do so. As cars reach the end of their service life or if wrecked, the county retires them and sells them for their salvage value.
The vehicles purchased under the resolutions passed last week are slated to replace cars and trucks that the county salvaged or surplused earlier this year and will not result in the retirement of any additional county vehicles.
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