Actions by the Florence City Council Monday sealed the deal on two new police cars, an official policy on how the city can accept donations, and how the planning commission is structured.
Florence Police Chief Ray Gutierrez presented 16 bids from three vendors to the council, recommending two 2013 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors from Johnston Motors.
The new vehicles’ prices came in slightly over budget, approximately $90,000. They are equipped with radios, radar and video cameras, and have V6 engines and all-wheel drive. Because they are being purchased locally, the city can enjoy maintenance and warranty coverage in town.
The purchases will not enlarge the current police fleet because two current older cars will be sold or auctioned off.
Final approval for buying the two new vehicles will not be made until the financing package is presented to the council next month.
City staff set out guidelines for accepting donations from the public. In light of continuing cuts to city programs, the city has been fielding donations of materials, furnishings and time and labor. One recent example is the quick appearance of a new dog park, Singing Pines, which was made possible through a huge community effort. Many people still want to see additions to the park, as well as to other city-owned facilities, but parks are the main focus of the donation policy. For the complete article see the 10-13-2012 issue.
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