Greenville public safety getting new police cruiser

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:18 am on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety will add a 2014 Dodge Charger to its five-cruiser fleet after gaining unanimous approval Tuesday from the Greenville City Council.

The council gave the nod to Public Safety Director Mark Reiss to purchase the new squad car for $22,362 from Ed Koehn dealership. The Greenville business was not the lowest bid — that went to a rolling state of Michigan bid, which is available annually, albeit only a few hundred dollars lower than the Koehn bid.

Grand Dodge/Jeep of Lowell was the third and highest bidder.

Reiss recommended, and the council agreed, the difference was low enough to opt for a local business.

“I’m happy that we were able to give business to Ed Koehn, locally,” Councilman Mark Lehman said.

The vehicle will replace a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, which Reiss said has more than 150,000 miles on it.

“The repair bills are becoming cost prohibitive,” he said of the older cruiser.

The public safety department put out for bid the purchasing of the car with specifications for a 2014 model with a V6 engine, which Reiss said is more cost efficient.

“They tend to get a little better mileage,” he said of the engine type.

Once the new cruiser arrives, Reiss said the department will need to equip it with all the law enforcement gear and technology, which includes the cages, sirens and more.

“We can buy all those products a la carte more inexpensively than we can by bidding it out,” said Reiss, adding they will likely be purchased through the state contract. “We’ll purchase those things separately and have them delivered there, we’ll deliver the car there and have them put it together. So we should save some money on those things as well.”

As for the old Crown Victoria, Reiss said it will be sold in some form, whether to another law enforcement agency or in an auction.

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