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Published May 14 2012

Dilworth agrees to new police, city vehicles

DILWORTH – Police and public works staff here will soon be driving new vehicles.

The City Council unanimously approved Chief Josh Ebert’s request to fully outfit a new squad car for about $8,400.

The council approved purchasing and installing video equipment, a shotgun and a laptop, but council members tabled buying a new radio for the squad until its next meeting.

Ebert said he planned to install an older radio currently in an unmarked vehicle that will soon be sold at a police auction. The proceeds of that vehicle will be used toward the new squad car. He said not all police vehicles currently have a radio in them. The car he takes home does not have one, nor does a second unmarked car. Officers generally use their handheld radios for communication in those vehicles, he said.

The council also approved Maintenance Supervisor Don Vogel’s request to buy two new pickups for his department for about $58,000, which will be paid from the capital outlay fund.

Vogel said the truck he drives, a 2005 model with about 108,000 miles, needs about $1,500 to $1,800 in repairs and maintenance.

Vogel said he also needs two new mowers, which he plans to ask the council for later in the year. He said his department is responsible for mowing about 55 to 60 acres within the city.

He estimated one mower will cost about $19,000.

Mayor Chad Olson said he was concerned that residents will feel mowers should be a higher priority, since they notice when city spaces are well taken care of.