Grant helps Washburn get patrol vehicle
2017 Ford Explorer replaces 11-year-old Crown Victoria
The city of Washburn has received a 2017 Ford Explorer to patrol the city, thanks to a USDA grant.
The partial grant paid $18,750 toward the cost of the vehicle, which came equipped with the same Police Interceptor package used in county law enforcement vehicles; and the city paid $9,550 for the balance, to include standard equipment.
Total cost came in at $28,300.
The Explorer replaces a 2007 Crown Victoria that the city's two part-time officers were using, which will be put up for bid by the city.
"It had some issues and we have been needing another vehicle for awhile," said John Tiedeman, Washburn mayor. "With the grant, we got a new vehicle with what we'd probably have to pay for a used one."
From start to finish, receiving the grant was a long process. According to Tiedeman, the city's previous clerk, Julie Grillone, originally applied for the grant.
"It was initiated in 2016, and approved in 2017," Tiedeman said. "We took over to get the ball rolling, and finished it up last year when we got approval."
Tiedeman said the vehicle will benefit the city's residents.
"We can use it for traffic and patrol and help keep the citizens safe," he said. "I just want citizens to know we are not spending money frivolously. We are trying to get grants so it doesn't cost the city so much. Every little bit helps."
On March 13, USDA representatives visited the city and presented the city's staff with a plaque for providing safety to its residents.