Greenville Department of Public Safety to get new police cruiser

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 2:26 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety will have a new police cruiser on patrol.

During Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Greenville City Council approved the purchase of the new cruiser.

“We are looking to add a new police vehicle,” said Public Safety Director Michael Pousak, adding some of the cars are getting old.

Pousak said he asked for bids from 19 places within 100 miles regarding a 2012 Dodge Charger. He received three bids back. He explained the officers are trained for rear-drive cars, and the new Ford models are mostly all-wheel or front-wheel drive.

Two of the bids were for 2013 models and one was for a 2012 model.

Grand Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler of Lowell bid $22,277.89 for a 2013 model, Henkel Dodge, Chrysler of Battle Creek bid $26,195 and Ed Koehn Dodge, Chrysler bid $23,466

Because of the cost, Pousak decided to go with the 2013 model from Grand Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler in Lowell.

The city council sometimes considers local businesses if those businesses are within 5 percent of the lowest bid. Councilman Lloyd Scoby pointed out Ed Koehn’s bid was just outside the 5 percent.

The vehicle is a V6 and not a V8, but Pousak does not believe that will be a problem.

“It will be for city driving,” Pousak said.

Councilman Mark Lehman asked if something were to happen inside city limits, would the 2013 Dodge Charger V6 be able to handle it?

Pousak said he doesn’t know the specifics of what the Michigan State Police tested with the Dodge Chargers, but said he doesn’t think a V6 will be a problem.

“Dodge Chargers are highly rated by the Michigan State Police,” Pousak said.

Councilwoman Fran Schuleit noted the hard work and time Pousak put into his research of the vehicle.

“I want to thank you for your diligence,” Schuleit said.

In other business, the city council…

• Appointed Mayor John Hoppough to the annexation committee.

• Entered into executive session under client-attorney privileges to discuss a letter in regard to pending litigations.

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