Crystal Springs aldermen voted last week to purchase three new Dodge Durangos for the police department. Two of the vehicles will be purchased outright and one will be lease purchased.
The cost per vehicle is $26,866 plus equipment such as lights, sirens, and partitions, costing $5,257. The two vehicles being purchased will be paid for with funds on hand from the department of justice and insurance proceeds from a wrecked vehicle. Those funds can only be used for equipment purchases in the police department. The lease purchase will be paid for with remaining earmarked funds until the new fiscal year when additional funds are expected.
While the expenditures are included in the budget for the current year, aldermen expressed concerns in light of economic damage to the city caused by COVID-19 and stressed the need for all departments to limit expenditures as much as possible.
An ordinance was passed creating a leisure and recreation district that runs from Highway 51 to Jackson Street and from Lee Avenue and Georgetown Street to Cayuga Street. The ordinance specifies guidelines that allow alcoholic beverages in open containers to be taken from local restaurants.
Aldermen approved the claims docket for the month and adjourned until 6 p.m. June 2.
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