The Sunnyside City Council Monday night approved a request to purchase a new police car from a firm in Texas.
Sunnyside City Manager Bob Stockwell told Council that the police department is in dire straits in regards to maintaining its fleet of vehicles. Stockwell said the police department needs at least two new vehicles, one of them immediately.
The 2005 preliminary budget has in it funds available for two new police vehicles. The money for the two police vehicles is in the city's equipment rental reserve fund.
Due to the urgency to get the one police car, Stockwell suggested the city purchase the vehicle from Texoma Ford in Dennison, Texas.
The bid with the Texas company is for $28,052.
In a memo to Council, Police Chief Ed Radder outlined how the Texas company's bid was better than the state bid the city usually utilizes.
The state bid that was submitted would have had the city paying $26,217 for a Ford that wasn't equipped with necessary police equipment, such as radios, rear seat, light bar, radar, a computer and a safety screen.
The bid from the Texas company includes the cost for all of the installation of the needed vehicle equipment. Stockwell also said that another benefit for the city is Sunnyside would be designated as a point of sale for the purchase. This means the city would receive the sales tax from the purchase of the vehicle.
All equipment in the vehicle comes with a lifetime warranty, said Stockwell. He added that any warranty work can be done by a local Ford dealership. The car will be delivered to the Sunnyside Police Department within 45 days.