Lepanto council approves police car purchase

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lepanto Police Chief Chad Henderson presented the city council with a proposal Tuesday to purchase two used police cars to replace the department's two Dodge Nitros, which are down.

Henderson said Big Bear Cruisers has a 2011 Crown Victoria with 52,000 miles for $14,695--with police equipment--and a 2013 Chevrolet Caprice with 65,000 miles at $17,395--with equipment. The vehicles total $32,090. The city can get them at 5.89 percent financing at $622 a month for five years with a 12,000 mile warranty.

"The ones we've bought from them have been good vehicles," Mayor Dale Dunlap said. The council approved an ordinance waiving competitive bidding to purchase the vehicles.

The council also approved a resolution to apply for a fire protection grant from East Arkansas Planning and Development District. The 50/50 matching grant is for a maximum of $15,000 and will be used to buy new turnouts, which Fire Chief David Simmons said would get them close to having everyone outfitted with new ones.

For auditing purposes, the council approved an ordinance designating the police department to collect bonds, fines, and court costs. They also approved the 2016 salaries for the mayor and city clerk, which were in the budget but needed to be in the council minutes for the audit.

The council approved replacing an existing ordinance which said residents could not inhabit a structure that does not have functioning water and sewer. The new ordinance requires a court proceeding before someone can be dispossessed from their home.

Mayor Dunlap also said the city is working to move the animal shelter back to Cook Gray Lane and will be partnering with the Humane Society to get a better shelter built. They are currently working on the application.

Chief Henderson also announced the police department will hold National Night Out at the city park from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. They will provide hot dogs, ice cream, and a water slide for the kids. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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