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Dayton wants fire, police wheels

City plans to borrow $135K for vehicles

November 29, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

DAYTON - The police and fire departments in Dayton are planning to purchase some new vehicles.

A sport utility vehicle is sought by the Police Department and a used pumper that would still be more modern than the one now in use is wanted by the Fire Department.

The City Council on Wednesday began the process of borrowing the money to pay for those vehicles. The elected officials approved a measure enabling the local government to borrow up to $135,000, according to City Clerk Randy Danielson.

Danielson said Thursday that the money will be borrowed via a general obligation capital loan note. He said that is similar to a general obligation bond issue, but the debt will be repaid over a shorter period.

The city has not actually borrowed the money yet.

''It's very preliminary,'' Danielson said. ''They just took the first step. We're still looking into grant funding also.''

He said finalizing the note will take a couple of months. He said property tax revenue may be used to pay off some of the debt.

Police Chief Nick Dunbar said he wants to buy a 2013 Ford Explorer.

''All in all, I'm asking for about $39,000 and that's because we'll also be updating all the equipment that's in the car,'' he said.

That equipment, he said, includes the two-way radio, lights and a cage setup that helps confine prisoners in the back seat.

The Police Department now has one car, a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria.

''For police cars, it's getting up in its years,'' Dunbar said.

He said the car will be kept as a backup unit after the sport utility vehicle is delivered.

The Dayton Fire Department has one pumper, which was delivered in 1989.

''We're looking to update our equipment'' said Fire Chief Jeremiah Johnson. ''We don't want to rely on a 1989 pumper to protect our town.''

He said the firefighters are looking at couple of used trucks. He added that the current truck will be kept after the newer one arrives.



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