Council approves purchase of extended warranties for police vehicles

Posted: Nov. 27, 2012 10:38 am Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The city of Quincy will buy extended warranties for five police vehicles while it decides on how to update its fleet.

The City Council approved a contract with Gem City Ford on Monday night to extend the warranties to 100,000 miles on the vehicles for $12,474.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said the department is currently testing five vehicles and would likely make a decision on what vehicles to buy next year.

"As you are aware, the (Chevrolet) Impala that we've been using for the last eight years is no longer available," he said.

In September, the City Council approved the purchase of a Ford Sedan Interceptor, a Ford EcoBoost Police Interceptor and a Dodge Charger Police Pursuit Sedan. The city also bought two Chevrolet Caprices last year.

Marty Stegeman, the interim director of Central Services, said the Central Garage, which handles maintains the city's fleet, will buy diagnostic equipment for the squad cars when a model is selected.

In other business, aldermen agreed to hire Doors-N-More to install exterior doors at the former Quincy Transit Lines building, 18th and Seminary Road, for $12,474. The project will be paid with money set aside for tuck pointing work at Central Fire Station and grant money received from the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Grant Program.

The building is being remodeled to provide classroom space for the Quincy Regional Emergency Services Training Center. Classroom space previously was available at Quincy University's North Campus. The City Council this month agreed to terminate that lease at the end year.

The City Council also:

º Approved the annual Truth in Taxation resolution, which requires the city to host a public hearing and publish a truth in taxation notice if the tax levy is increased by more than 5 percent.

º Approved ordinances to rezone 1521 and 1529 Broadway as limited local commercial.

º Concurred with the appointment of Mike Carpenter and Chris Alger to the Sister City Commission.