Street, police get OK for vehicle quotes | Sun News



ALBION – While the Albion Fire Department is still waiting for its new truck to deliver its computer chip to it, Albion City Council has allowed its street and police departments to get quotes for new vehicles.

Albion City Marshal Scott Cole will get quotes for a new Dodge Durango to replace a 2013 Dodge Charger. Cole said he expects the new vehicle to cost between $ 34 and $ 36,000.

The purchase is on Cole’s schedule of replacing one of the department’s vehicles every two years. He said he would use the funds set aside in budgets 2021 and 2022 to make the purchase.

Cole also reported that one of his six full-time officers tendered his resignation.

“We’re going to be running out soon,” Cole said.

He did not identify the officer at the public meeting on Tuesday.

Cole might lose an officer, but he might get a new vehicle if Durango’s quotes reasonably return.

Albion Street Department Superintendent Corey Miller also received permission to solicit quotes for a new vehicle – a one-ton double bed over a cab and chassis. The truck will serve as a utility vehicle for street service and is expected to cost around $ 55,000, according to Miller.

The truck will be equipped so that the city salt spreader can be mounted on it. It will also be used to transport crack sealing material.

Miller said buying the double will hopefully push back the need to replace either of the city’s single-axle trucks. These two vehicles were new in 1990 and 2000.

Miller said he wanted to go for a Ford model because the last vehicle purchase for his department was a Ford with the same engine, so the city can buy supplies in bulk.

Also at the Tuesday session, council:

• announced that leaf picking will begin on October 11 and will continue until December 10. The weather could have an impact on these dates.

• Approved a special event request for The Strand Hair Salon at 106 W. Main St. for a Ladies Night Out. The event will feature a cash bar, four different boutiques, a candle warmer business, baked goods and handmade children’s clothing. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Deputy Fire Chief John Urso reported that Captain Bryan Peterson had resigned his rank and Captain Connor Marks had taken his place among the incumbent officers elected by the volunteers.

• Board chair Vicki Jellison praised the work of city superintendents to limit overtime during the fiscal third quarter of 2021.

“The department heads, once again, have done a phenomenal job of keeping this low,” Jellison said.


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