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Board talks new police vehicles

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Board of Public Works and Safety met Wednesday for a meeting and received information from the Brazil Police Department (BPD) regarding the purchase of new police vehicles.

According to information provided to the council from the BPD, the department received a quote from Fletcher Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep for six Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles.

The department plans to use a financing or lease program, which allows BPD to replace several vehicles at once with a smaller payment amount spread over a few years.

Riddell National Bank quoted the department a 2.5 percent interest rate on the program.

The need for new police vehicles comes at a time when six of the vehicles have anywhere from 70-104,000 miles on them, as well as various mechanical problems.

"(For) these six police cars, there would be four annual payments," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said. "We need to rotate some of these cars out ... we want people to understand they're not asking for an appropriation of new money to do this.

"What they're asking is to use $25,000 from Personal Services ... and $10,000 from the Deferral Fund. So that equates to a $35,000 a year payment."

Board Member Ruthann Jeffries also had Brazil Police Captain Dennis Archer -- who authored the request -- work up some numbers regarding repairs in 2011 and this year to date.

"In 2011 (the department) spent $12,000 on repairs -- that's half the price of a new car," Jeffries said. "So far in 2012, (the department) has already spent $3,500 and there's $7,000 (maintenance) pending that they're not going to do if we agree to purchase these cars.

"I think what they're going to save on maintenance on these vehicles, plus the fact that I don't like the police officers out there in unsafe cars (makes this a legitimate request)."

The new vehicles will then be outfitted with equipment using the department's Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Funds.

According to the department's information, the funds are accrued from seizures and fees collected through fines from traffic tickets and are not taxpayer money.

However, before the motion to accept can be made, City Attorney Traci Lawson said she wanted a chance to look over the lease agreements.

The board decided to table the issue and continue discussing it at a special meeting, which will most likely take place next Wednesday.

The Board of Works and Safety meets regularly the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 10 a.m., in Brazil City Hall.

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So the new mayor is going to give his family member newly appointed police chief 6 new police cars, after we the people must drive on the worst roads in America. When are the anti nepotism laws going to kick in Clay County? And where are the road repairs?

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 9:22 AM

Combat vet- What does it matter who the chief is? If the cars aren't safe to use as police cars, get rid of them. I don't think our police officers should be using unsafe and worn out equipment any more than our military should. Our military gets most of our tax dollars to make sure our troops have the best equipment possible. Why should we gripe when our police officers are getting what they need to keep them and us safe?

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 11:07 AM

Referencing the Post by Unsolicited opinion on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 11:07 AM,

I concur, Keeping our Cities Streets safe is an important and challenging job that should be carried out using the best equipment by the best trained individuals.

Get the best deal and at the same time I am sure our city leadership is working on getting the streets properly paved !

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 2:41 PM

I love how freely people tend to infer nepotism in Clay County. My father moved here in 1969 and my mother was from Indianapolis, but by marriage and blood I myself can trace a line to most families who live in Clay County.....so, what is a person to do when they hire to fill a position? I guess they could advertise in newspapers on both coasts and specify that you cannot b related to anyone who lives here.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 3:32 PM

As with most meetings, "new agenda" items are not new. Those in charge of decision making know well in advance what's going to be discussed and what their opinion (vote) will be (which usually pleases the boss). Why talk any further about this or have public opinion meetings when nothing will change? Get the commander of police Archer his cars and let him move on to other toys for the kids. I'd lay odds these new "rides" will remain unmarked, come in various colors and the BPD will soon be alllowed to use these as personal vehicles, going to Walmart, Mario's and the bars.... OOPS!, I meant grocery store when they come to town.

BTW: Don't fool yourself that the Mayors' nephew is in charge of the BPD.

-- Posted by My Dime on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:40 AM

Get the best deal and at the same time I am sure our city leadership is working on getting the streets properly paved ! I hope you are right Nosredna Retep we just hit a new crater in the road the other day. And Leo what don't u understand about the laws of no Nepotism in the Constitution of the state ratified by the legislators?

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:31 AM

Pushed through just like they did the wheel tax.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 10:51 AM

Unsolicited opinion I agree with you we should not be spending any more money on our current POLICE STATE... And they call me a commy lol

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 10:56 AM

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