Manchester accepts bid for new police cruiser

February 10, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester Police Department will have a new set of wheels tomorrow, following the Town Council's unanimous approval last night of a transfer of funds to purchase a new cruiser.

The Police Department received five bids, from auto dealers in Mount Airy, Hampstead, Eldersburg, East Hanover, N.J., and Natick, Mass.

Warnock Fleet Inc. of East Hanover submitted the low bid, $12,995 for a new 1992 Ford Crown Victoria equipped for police work.

The town will also buy a new radar gun. Mayor Earl A.J. Warehime Jr. said the price of the hand-held unit is $950.

Police Chief Donald M. Myers said the old police car, a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice, has about 80,000 miles on it, not including wear inflicted by many hours of idling.

Town Manager Terry Short said, "It's been wrecked. It was rear-ended. It's in terrible shape."

Mr. Short said, "Right now we're anticipating revenues about $11,000 higher than budgeted." He said the town had taken in more money than expected in real estate taxes, public utilities taxes, admissions taxes and business taxes.

Also, he said, "Our interest income is almost double what was budgeted."

The $11,000 surplus will cover most of the car's price.

The council approved the transfer of the balance from another budget category, but did not specify which one.

Mr. Short recommended the money be taken from the trash budget, which he said is projected to have a surplus of at least $14,000 even after the town pays for the construction of a yard-waste recycling facility.

Mr. Short said a check will be hand-carried to the dealer tomorrow and delivery will be taken at that time.

In other business, the council voted unanimously to appoint two new members to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission.

Greg Demski, a real estate agent, was appointed to a position expiring in 1995.

Maury Feinstein, a photographer, was appointed to fill a position expiring in 1994.

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