The City of Chillicothe approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the Code Enforcement Department at their meeting on Monday.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with City Administrator Ike Holland:

Ike Holland

The approved bids were submitted by Barnes Baker Motors in Trenton. The decision to purchase the vehicles, however, was not unanimous.  Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham was the lone vote against the expenditure.  The Ford Focus will cost the city $14,783.  The bid for the Ford Escape, which was not the lower price offer, came in at $18,878.  Staff had recommended purchasing the Ford Escape rather than a Jeep Patriot because of the markdown.  Holland said the Escape also had better passenger space, crash ratings, more horsepower, and better fuel mileage.  The city plans to hold a sale in September to make room for the new vehicles.

Meanwhile, council tabled discussion on the purchase of two new police vehicles because they wanted more time to compare bids and specifications.  Fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard and Councilman-at-Large David Moore voted against tabling the issue.  The city plans to trade a 2009 and a 2010 Crown Victoria for the new vehicles.  Two Ford Explorers are expected to cost $52,458.  The city will have $9,400 in trade, which would make the total cost $43,058.  Also up for consideration is a bid for two Dodge Chargers.  The total price tag is $49,654, or $24,827 each.  The city will receive about $9,000 trade with that deal.  Holland told council that the city has already set aside money in this year’s budget for the vehicles. He also said that compared to surrounding cities, “[Chillicothe] is doing well with the size of our police department because we have two officers assigned to one vehicle.” He added that most cities have a “one to one ratio.”

Council will review the police vehicle bids at their meeting on Monday, September 9.