Purdy public works, police car replacement considered

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Discussion on improvements to continue at August session

Purdy Mayor Bo Prock is looking to improve city services with action next week on stormwater and at the police department.

Prock wanted to take a closer look at stormwater drainage issues around town. He suggested making a list of drainage whistles around the city that either need repair or replacement. He asked to have a more detailed discussion on possible targets at the August meeting.

The city police car reached the point of needing replacement about six months ago, Prock said, with just under 126,000 miles. In the past month the city spent just under $1,000 in repairs. Police Chief Jackie Lowe said a chronic oil leak appeared to have subsided after the last service trip, but had not stopped.

"We’re getting close to paying so much in repairs that would go a long ways toward payment on a new car,” Prock said.

He asked for replacement quotes. Officer Russ Nichols brought quotes for SUVs, a 2016 or 2017 Ford Explorer or a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Lou Fusz dealership in St. Louis had the state bid. Municipal lease options were available for three years at $16,000 a year or $12,000 a year for four years. Those prices did not include purchase and installation of a car camera, which would run around $6,000, or detailing, which could cost up to $3,500.

Clerk Debbie Redshaw said the police department budget could not handle payments of $1,000 a month. Redshaw said the city had enough money in savings to buy another car outright if the current vehicle died altogether.

Prock said the city was looking at paying up to $30,000 but needed to secure a 50-50 grant to make a purchase possible. Nichols warned the timeframe for securing a grant this year may have already passed. The mayor asked officers to look at options and ways to reduce the cost to around $40,000.

Finally, Prock also suggested the public works department start a tree trimming program. He instructed Public Works Superintendent Dave Greenwood to have his crews survey trees around town while reading meters to see what they could reach with a pole saw.

The next council meeting is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 14.

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