Unmarked car purchased approved by police chief

St. Clair Township police are adding a new set of wheels to their fleet, after trustees told Chief Brian McKenzie to go ahead with the purchase of a new unmarked vehicle.

The department had been using a seized 2008 F150, but recently the upkeep had become problematic.

Trustees approved 2-0 (Bob Swickard was absent) to trade in the pickup and outright buy a new 2019 Dodge Durango GT from Columbiana Chrysler Jeep Dodge at $25,275.50.

The majority of the purchase will be made out of the department’s drug funds, McKenzie explained, adding that it would be less costly to buy the vehicle than lease to buy or get a loan. “By buying this vehicle new, we aren’t inheriting someone else’s problem.”

James Sabatini, who chaired Tuesday morning’s meeting said, “Hopefully this is an investment that will last the township for years.”

Trustees also accepted the $14,863.16 quote from Columbiana County Engineer Bert Dawson to line strip 22.26 miles of township road.

Road supervisor Scott Barrett estimates that the lines, which will be done with the more durable paint, will last two years.

In other action, the township paid $74,242.08 worth of bills and reminded their next meeting is noon Tuesday, May 28 in the township building.

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