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December 11, 2013

Veedersburg considers buying police car

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Town council members received vehicle quotes for a police car Tuesday from Marshal Ed Wurtsbaugh.

The quotes included a 2014 Dodge Ram Crew Cab with four-wheel drive for $24,038 from Fletcher Chrysler of Franklin, Ind.; a 2014 Ford Expedition with four-wheel drive for $32,469 from Warrick Ford of Covington, Ind.; a Ford Police Interceptor with four-wheel drive for $28,608 from Warrick Ford of Covington; and a 2014 Chevy Tahoe with four-wheel drive for $28,400 to $29,500 from Kelly Chevrolet of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Wurtsbaugh said the SUVs get around 13 mpg and the Dodge truck would get around 16 mpg. A Line-X truck bed liner would cost $315. Wurtsbaugh added that a few trucks already are used as police vehicles in the area, including at the Fountain County Sheriff’s department and all departments using trucks like them quite well. A truck could be very handy especially if the police have to transport hazardous materials such as those confiscated from meth labs.

Veedersburg’s Crown Victoria police car would be kept by the department as a back-up vehicle.  Accessories for the new vehicle will cost a few thousand dollars. Redevelopment Commission President Mike Booe said the redevelopment commission would vote on approving up to $15,000 for the police truck, if the town would pay for the other half.  Wurtsbaugh said he would get back to the council with the exact cost of new lights.

In other business, town council members:

+ Heard from structural engineer Jeremy Duff with KG Engineering of West Lafayette, Ind. Duff performed a walk-through and visual inspection of the former Cushman building at 109 Second St. Duff said his inspection has been somewhat limited since the roof is weak and the basement is inaccessible due to the first floor being unstable. The town has three options concerning the building; restore, stabilize or demolish.

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