Seligman starts leasing process for new police car

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

City would pay $28,000 over 4 years from capital improvement account

The Seligman Police Department plans on leasing a 2014 Dodge Charger over a four-year period to upgrade the city's patrol fleet.

The city is looking to pay $7,000 per year, said City Clerk Brian Nichols. Starting this year, those payments will come out of the capital improvement account, which receives funding from a half-cent sales tax.

"We're a few dollars positive in that account right now for the year," he said.

The city is waiting on sales tax funding for October, November and December, Nichols said.

"The capital improvement account for the year should be sitting at $10,000 or more from the end of the year," he said.

The department's patrol fleet includes a 2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with 122,000 miles, and a 2007 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with 148,000 miles, said Police Chief Terry Burgess, whose goal is to get a new car every two years.

"That gives you a four-year shelf life for your car, anywhere between 100,000 and 120,000 miles," Burgess said.

Each patrol car is worth more than that, he said.

"Essentially, I've got to make those cars last two years between them," Burgess said. "Officers will be assigned cars, so I can control the mileage that goes on the car."

This plan gives the department reliable vehicles to service the community, he said.

Before the city council approved a motion to request the municipal leasing agreement, Burgess recommended that one of the patrol cars would be parked, only be used for parts as needed to help maintain the other car.

Nichols then chose the 2007 Crown Victoria because he said it had the most usage.

The Dodge Charger has a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, Burgess said. The leasing price includes a completely outfitted car with lights, sirens and an inside partition.

"The thing with a municipal lease is there is no set mileage," he said.

The Dodge Charger, which has a V6 engine, will come from O'Fallon, a St. Louis suburb, and Burgess plans to get the car's graphics done at Backroad Printing and Design in Washburn.

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