BRUNSWICK — Police Chief Brian Ohlin made a request Monday to City Council’s Safety and Environment Committee to beef up the department’s fleet.
“The resolutions we are requesting authorization to purchase three vehicles in 2019 that are replacing current vehicles in the fleet that are end of life,” Ohlin said.
Two of the vehicles that will be purchased will be used as unmarked administrative support vehicles. They will be replacing a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2010 Dodge Charger, according to Ohlin.
If approved by Council, the department will be able to spend up to $42,000 on these two new vehicles for the fleet.
“The third vehicle is a replacement patrol car and that is going to be replacing a 2011 Dodge. That will be put in service in our traffic unit,” said Ohlin.
If passed, the department will be allowed to spend up to $34,000 on the new patrol car. The requests were presented as two different resolutions.
The two unmarked administrative support vehicles were included in one resolution and the new patrol vehicle was presented as a separate resolution.
Monday’s Safety and Environment Committee Meeting was the first time these issues were presented to city officials.
“We will go through the legislative process now at the end of 2018 and then, officially make the purchase in 2019 because it’s part of our capital replacement plan,” said Ohlin.
The city has set aside $8,594,388 for the police department in the 2019 comprehensive plan and the department is not to spend more than $76,000 on these new vehicles.
Safety and Environment Committee decided to move it to Council’s agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting.
If the department is allowed to purchase the new vehicles, the old vehicles that will be taken out of service will be put up for auction on govdeals.com, which is the online auction that the department uses to sell old equipment.