Hoping to replenish an aging fleet, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young presented a proposal to Campbellsville City Council members at its regular meeting on Monday to purchase five police cruisers for the Campbellsville Police Department.
Young said the city saves dramatically on maintenance costs by having a regular rotation of police vehicles.
There are presently 24 vehicles in the police fleet. The vehicles are used for patrol, investigations and administrative support.
Six of those vehicles have more than 100,000 miles on them, and four others are nearing the 100,000-mile mark.
"This will catch us up so we don't have so many miles on our vehicles," Young said.
According to Young, a more aggressive approach to the police cruiser rotation is warranted because of the condition of the fleet.
Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said because of the nature of police work, the transmission and power train in police cruisers have a shorter life span than those used in civilian vehicles. He said police vehicles driven in a city environment especially will also wear down faster than those used in rural environments.
"We like to replace them when they get over 100,000 miles because as they get older, the maintenance costs go up on them," Hazlette said.
The proposed cars are rebuilt 2013 Ford Interceptors that are available from D.D.C. Auto Sales in Salyersville. Hazlette said the cars are nearly identical to a Ford Taurus.
All the vehicles the department is purchasing have 5,000 miles or less. Hazlette said only the body of the vehicles, and not the engines, have been rebuilt.
The department purchased two similar vehicles two years ago that Young said have proven to be cost effective with low maintenance costs.
At the same time, three additional police cruisers were purchased with drug forfeiture money. However, the available funding is mostly exhausted with less than $5,000 remaining.
The cost of the vehicles is about $16,000 each, for a total of about $80,000. If the vehicles were purchased new, the cost would be $24,000 each. According to Young, this is a 40 percent savings.
The vehicles would be set up on a 36-month finance term with a 2.8 percent interest rate.
The cost to outfit the vehicles with the necessary partition, siren, rear dividers, exterior lights and console for radios is about $1,400 for each vehicle.
Council members had several questions regarding the rebuilt titles. Council member Stan McKinney asked if the vehicles come with a full factory warranty.
"That's one of the benefits of buying new vehicles," McKinney said.
According to Hazlette, the vehicles won't come with a factory warranty. However, in the event of a recall, he said those vehicles will be covered.
Council member Mike Hall Jr. said he is concerned about the Council's authority to make a purchase greater than $20,000 without opening it up for bids.
Young agreed and said the city will advertise for bids before further action is taken.
For more from the meeting, see Monday's issue.