Wayland rethinking one of two police Tahoe purchases

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

A new police vehicle ordered by the City of Wayland is up for sale fresh off the production line.

A 2015 Chevy Tahoe to be assigned to the new Wayland Union Schools security officer and city community officer has been placed on hold pending another buyer coming forward to take the dealership’s 10 percent cancellation fee off their hands.

City council members voted Monday, Nov. 3, to table the purchase for two weeks to wait and see if Berger Chevrolet could find another buyer for the Tahoe, which would save the city about $2,900.

In the event a buyer cannot be found, council members discussed other options rather than lose money.

“We could consider keeping it and not having to get one that was budgeted for next year,” said city manager Mike Selden.

Selden said a 2007 police car with 130,000 miles on it was supposed to be replaced this year; however, after a 2009 Tahoe was totaled, the 2007 replacement was pushed back and one of the two new 2015 Tahoes ordered will replace the wrecked vehicle.

“If we do go with the (second) new vehicle that would be the last car to be upgraded,” said council member Rick Mathis.

The fleet would all be Tahoes with the same transferable parts and equipment; however, the city is still waiting for the school to sign a contract for the security officer’s services during the school year, which also includes reimbursement of $4,300 for a vehicle.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 6 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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