The Saline Police Department will be getting a new police vehicle after an earlier this summer.
The Saline City Council voted 6-0 (Brian Marl was absent) to approve the request of Police Chief Larry Hrinik to purchase a replacement vehicle.
The new vehicle will be a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe and will replace Patrol Vehicle 123, a Crown Victoria which was damaged beyond repair in accident on July 31 at Industrial and Michigan. The officer was not hurt.
The insurance company totaled the vehicle and gave the department a check for $17,650 for a new car. The department purchased the wrecked car from the insurance company for $1,850 to use for parts for other cars.
“We have seven to eight thousand dollars in parts for our other two Crown Vics,” Hrinik said.
The wreck hurt the department in that the car only had 23,000 miles and there was no plans to buy a new vehicle, Hrinik stated in his request.
He will follow the logic of interim Chief Mike Lindman who had recommended the purchase of a Tahoe in February. The new vehicle will come from Crispin Chevrolet and will be outfitted by Priority One and the signage will be applied by Steve’s Custom Signs.
Crispin’s bid was $25,902.90; other bids included Shaheen Chevrolet, $26,012 for a 2012 model and Berger Chevrolet for $25,455 plus a $175 delivery fee.
The new vehicle will cost the city $17,210.90 after the net from the insurance check is taken out. The outfitting will cost $7,633 and the graphics package will cost $455.
In a change of pace, the new vehicle will be black. The officers told Hrinik they grew up on black cars and wanted one.
“We used to have black patrol cars,” he said. “Now we have a black and white, but not together.”