SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on July 2 approved the purchase of three new police vehicles.
Three 2014 Inceptor Sedans, two unmarked and one marked, will be purchased from Currie Motors at the cost of $24,249 each. After appropriate modifications including lights, radios, laptop computer, radar and partition, the total cost is $89,920.
The proposal was in accordance to the fiscal year 2013-14 budget. The vehicles are replacing others which have suffered maintenance problems. The “retiring” vehicles each have over 120,000 miles.
Trustee Robert Bohler questioned the motion, as he said he noticed many squad cars are often unused and sitting in the parking lot.
“I just want to make sure the rotation is ample and necessary,” Bohler said.
Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger explained the decision.
“These new vehicles will have a much longer life cycle due to the low mileage we anticipate,” Eichelberger said. “We talked it through, and we thought about going with other vehicles, but the same basic vehicle was the best. Since it has the same equipment, it’s easier to repair.”
Former Sugar Grove Police Chief Richard Moser explained the rotation of the vehicles.
“For patrol, it’s two officers to one car. Each car runs two out of three shifts, so it runs for 16 hours a day, then the car rests,” Moser said. “It works out pretty well, but the wear and tear does add up.”