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Waterford - The police department's fleet will soon get an upgrade after the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved a bid to purchase seven new Chevrolet police vehicles.
In total, the department will buy: three 2014 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles (PPV) with V-6 engines, one 2014 Caprice PPV with a V-8 engine, a 2014 Caprice administrative vehicle, an unmarked 2014 Caprice PPV, and a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The town will spend $203,607.50 from a vehicle replacement budget line item to buy the new cruisers.
The bid was awarded by a unanimous vote at the board's regular meeting.
The new vehicles will replace older cruisers that were damaged in crashes and others that are "well in excess" of the 125,000 mile threshold, officials said.
"Of the five marked police cars, two are replacement vehicles due to motor vehicle accidents," Police Chief Murray J. Pendleton wrote in a memo to Steward last week.
The department will buy the SUV from Sullivan's Northwest Hills dealership in Torrington. The other six vehicles will be purchased from Grossman Chevrolet in Old Saybrook. The proximity to the Old Saybrook dealership - 32 miles round trip- will benefit the town and the department when the vehicles need to be serviced, Pendleton said.
"The ability to travel to Old Saybrook is clearly a financial and gas saver on our behalf, not mention the fact that the Old Saybrook dealership is willing to pick up our vehicles at our police department and transport then to Old Saybrook," Pendleton wrote. "With the transition of more than a third of our police fleet from Ford to Chevrolet, there is a high probability there will be frequent interaction with the dealership that provides the police vehicle."
Like many police departments across the country, Waterford is adjusting to life after the ubiquitous rear-wheel drive Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser, which the auto manufacturer stopped producing in 2011. "From a police vehicle perspective, 2014 is a year of transition," Pendleton wrote.
The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday also awarded a bid for the paving of the Jordan fire house parking lot in the amount of $97,890. The existing parking lot surface will be removed and replaced with 4 inches of asphalt and all the curbing around the lot will be replaced, according to bid documents. The lot will be regraded and a rain garden will be installed to facilitate better drainage and runoff.
Three 2014 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles (PPVs), V-6 engines - $28,889.60 each
One 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, V-8 engine - $28,723.85
One 2014 Chevrolet Caprice Administrative Vehicle, V-6 engine - $28,157.75
One 2014 Chevrolet Caprice Unmarked PPV, V-8 engine - $28,592.10
One 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD Patrol Supervisor SUV, V-8 engine - $31,465