Council OKs lease of three police vehicles

The Webster City Police Department will receive three new vehicles this year.

The City Council on Monday approved a lease agreement that will give the police force three 2019 Chevrolet Tahoes.

They will replace two 2014 Chevrolet Tahoes, one of which isn’t used because of electrical and mechanical problems, and a 2010 Dodge Charger.

The Chevrolet Tahoe is the preferred patrol vehicle because of its full frame, heavier weight and space for carrying needed equipment, Police Chief Shiloh Mork wrote in a report to the council.

The agreement is with Ruan Car Leasing and Karl Chevrolet, both of Des Moines. The city will pay $44,191.68 a year for three years.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the council.

It marks a different approach for acquiring police vehicles for Webster City. Previously, the city generally bought one vehicle a year.

In other business, the council:

• Appointed Cody Seiser to the Youth Advisory Commission.

• Approved the second reading of code changes intended to make it easier to enforce rules prohibiting junk and abandoned vehicles.

• Purchased carpet tile for the Municipal Building from Interior Spaces, of Webster City, for $16,872.

• Approved a two-year contract with Williams & Co. for audit services. The firm will be paid $40,000 for the first year and $41,000 for the second year.

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