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New Franklin Police getting new vehicle

2/28/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford sedan police interceptor for the Police Department at the Feb. 20 meeting.

Legislation for the purchase of one new vehicle, to cost $28,327, was unanimously approved after some discussion between Council members and Police Chief Dan Davidson.

Councilman Harry Gehm (at large) asked Davidson about a better rotation of police vehicles “to get full use of older cars because selling them does not bring in much money,” and he also suggested the new car should perhaps sit in the lot until it is actually needed.

Davidson responded the department’s mechanic has advised against having cars sit for a prolonged period without use.

Council has approved the purchase of two vehicles for the department for the past several years in an effort to spread out the cost of its purchases and to maintain the fleet, according to city officials.

Council delayed voting on two other pieces of legislation, including: the execution of a vacation plat and dedication plat for a portion of South Turkeyfoot Road in the state Route 619/Point Comfort Drive realignment project, pending board approval from Turkeyfoot Golf Course; and to change the classification of 105 parcels of property from R-3 (High Density Residential) to R-L (Lakefront Residential), pending a public hearing set for April 17 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Al Bollas announced that the city’s recycling bins, set up near City Hall, will be discontinued.

“It worked really well in its day,” said Bollas. “Since curbside recycling started [last January] with the trash aggregation program, we are getting more people from outside the community using them than residents.”

Bollas suggested residents should use recycling bins set up at area schools and Manchester United Methodist Church, located at 5625 Manchester Road, next to City Hall.

The next council meeting will take place March 6 beginning at 6 p.m. with committee meetings, followed by the Council meeting at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

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