ELLSWORTH — The city’s police department will be replacing the biggest vehicle in its fleet soon with a smaller, more efficient vehicle.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, councilors approved the request of Lt. Harold Page, the department’s acting chief, to purchase a Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle. That’s essentially a Ford Explorer built specifically for use by police departments.
The vehicle will come from Darling’s at a price of $20,364. Page said Darling’s bid was lower than that of the other bidder, Quirk, because Darling’s gave the department more credit for the vehicle it was trading in.
That vehicle, a 2008 Ford Expedition, was proving costly to operate. Page said while it costs about 35 cents per mile to operate the other vehicles in the department’s fleet, through the end of July it was costing about $1.05 per mile to run the Expedition.
The new vehicle will be similar to others already in use by the department, and features all-wheel drive.
In a separate agenda item, the council also approved paying $16,595 to lease/purchase a new phone and radio recording system for the Police Department.