Police pursue grant for car
MANISTIQUE – There were no public comments or questions during a public hearing for the Manistique Public Safety Department’s USDA Rural Development grant request for a new patrol car Monday. The department is seeking a $20,000 grant to help cover the cost of an equipped SUV to replace an aging car in its fleet.
According to Public Safety Director Ken Golat, the SUV, a Ford Interceptor, will replace an aging 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, which currently has approximately 121,000 miles on it. In total, the new vehicle will cost $38,092 – with the city covering the $18,092 not covered by the grant. This amount will be pulled from funds reserved for the purchase in the “capital outlay” line item of the 2014 public safety budget, Golat explained.
“Due to budget constraints, it has been determined that the most feasible way to purchase the new patrol car would be with USDA grant assistance,” Golat said in a memo to the city council members.
The seemingly high price tag of the vehicle is due to the cost of outfitting it with new equipment – a prisoner cage, radio mounts, gun mounts, etc. While this equipment is usually transferred from vehicle to vehicle, Golat said the old equipment will not fit into the new SUV. He added the car company no longer makes the model of vehicle they are replacing.
“The SUV-type vehicle has … become very popular with Upper Peninsula agencies because of their multi-use capability to traverse unimproved roads, winter conditions, and the expanded cargo space they offer,” he said.
He added that the new vehicle, equipped with all-wheel drive, will be a “huge asset” during the department’s police, fire, and EMS emergencies.
No council action was taken on the patrol car, as the public hearing is merely a requirement of the grant application process.