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County to pay $257K for cruisers

Clark County will spend more than $257,000 to buy 11 new sheriff’s cruisers.

County commissioners unanimously approved the plans Tuesday to purchase the new cruisers from Germain Ford of Columbus.

An additional $5,000 is expected to be spent on equipment that will be installed into the vehicles, Chief Deputy Carl E. Loney said.

“We’re very appreciative of the commissioners,” Loney said. “We’ve been pretty frugal. The majority of our patrol fleet were 2001s. It was more of a necessity than a want.”

The new vehicles are a part of the county’s capital improvement plan that was established last year when officials transferred $1 million from the rainy day fund to pay for upcoming renovation projects, which included renovating the A.B. Graham Building, replacing the HVAC system at the Heritage Center and the municipal court building, and technology upgrades.

Officials said then that they would return the money to its reserves after they learned how much the projects would cost the county.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office currently has a fleet of 50 patrol vehicles, Loney said.

Commissioners purchased 40 new cruisers in 2001 for $827,000 from the former Springfield Ford.

Clark County Commissioner John Detrick said the new vehicles will benefit deputies and taxpayers.

“We’re updating the fleet to give the citizens of Clark County reliable service without our vehicles breaking down and we’ll be able to give more efficient service,” Detrick said.

Clark County Commissioner David Hartley said the capital improvement plan allows for sheriff’s cruisers to be updated regularly as long as the budget allows.

Loney said deputies cover more than 400 miles of county roads and regularly pile up miles on sheriff’s cruisers.

He said officials hope to replace older vehicles each year for the next two years to get rid of their remaining older cruisers that will be sold on, a government auction site.

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