New police cruiser added to township’s fleet

CALCUTTA — The St. Clair Township Police Department now has a new cruiser in its fleet and will be eliminating a cruiser that has not recently been used.

During Tuesday’s meeting, trustees approved the purchase of a new 2017 Ford Police Interceptor all-wheel drive SUV, which will be purchased from Grand Ford in East Liverpool at a cost of $29,383.82 through the state pricing program, as its done with other cruiser purchases.

The vehicle will be financed through Ford Municipal Finance Department, and will be paid in four annual installments of $8,159.23. The new cruiser is similar to a Ford Explorer and will come equipped with all needed police/safety equipment.

The recommendation was first made by Police Chief Brian McKenzie during the July 25 meeting, when he provided trustees with information on the new cruiser and added that some department vehicles have surpassed 100,000 miles. He said the township soon would need to consider adding/eliminating some vehicles.

The new cruiser will replace a vehicle which McKenzie stated has 140,000-plus miles, but added that the older vehicle will continue to be used for special duty. It also possibly could be sold.

Trustees also approved a motion to declare a police vehicle — a 2002 GMC Envoy — under $2,500, meaning it can be considered for a private sale without the need for bids or advertisement declaring a public bid.

In its resolution, trustees approved the sale of the property for being either “not needed for public use,” “obsolete,” or “unfit for use for which it was acquired,” citing Ohio Revised Code.

McKenzie said the Envoy has been sitting in the township’s lot for some time, and it was recently valued at $1,600 according to an estimate from a local auto dealer.

In other business:

— Trustees approved a price quote of $1,560 from Hissom Roofing and Contracting to handle roof repairs on the Township Administration Building. The work involved repairing the metal edging on the roof to keep water from entering portions of the building.

“Bottom line is we can either spend $1,500 today or $15,000 in six months,” Trustee Robert Swickard said.

— Trustees also approved new information technology (IT) upgrades, which will be covered by S.H.I. International Corp. for a cost of around $17,000. The upgrades include a new server and operating system, a new email system exchange, a new data base, and several Microsoft Office programs. The upgrade will be conducted by IT specialist Tom Susa. Upgrades also will cover the police department, the administration and the road department. The recommendation was made by McKenzie, who provided information and a price quote during the July 25 meeting, noting the current server and system is outdated and in major need of replacement.

— Trustees approved the purchase of 250 ton of hot patch material from various vendors, which will go toward normal maintenance to patch the several potholes throughout more than a dozen different township roads. Cost totaled $17,500 or $70 per ton. The request was made by road supervisor Scott Barrett, who was on vacation and not present for Tuesday’s meeting.

— At the conclusion of the meeting, trustees went into executive session with Dawson and McKenzie to discuss employment matters. No action was taken after the session.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for noon Aug. 22 at the Township Administration Building on Pugh Road, Calcutta.