Economy Council approved more than $60,000 in payments Tuesday for the purchases of a new police car and public works truck.
Council voted 5-0 to approve the $36,400 purchase of a 2014 Ford SUV for the police department. Councilwoman Pat Skonieczny abstained from the vote because her son works in the police department.
Borough Manager Randy Kunkle said the vehicle is outfitted with light bars, computers, radios and other necessities. Funds will come from money that has been set aside for a police vehicle.
The Northern Lights Shopping Center is in agreement to provide the borough $7,200 a year toward providing a car for officers who patrol the plaza.
Kunkle said the fund is generally built up over the years to use toward police car purchases.
“It just makes it easier on our budget if we can afford to wait,” he said.
The account received its last payment at the end of December and is shy about $200 for the full price of the car.
Council also voted 5-0 to approve a five-year lease program for the purchase of a 2014 Peter Bilt tandem axle truck. Councilman Gary Bucuren abstained from the vote.
The lease will cost $33,413.16 per year rather than an entire lump sum of $154,728. The truck purchase is coming from $300,000 earmarked in the general fund for capital improvement purchases.
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