The Zanesville City Council board passes an emergency ordinance to allow city officials to enter into a contract for the purchase of new vehicles for the Zanesville Police Department during Monday’s council meeting.
Through the state purchase agreement, Chief Kenneth Miller says that the department is looking to buy four Taurus sedans and one Ford SUV. The department attempts to purchase at least three marked vehicles each year, which keeps cars in rotation for approximately five years total. Miller says the new vehicles will benefit the department immensely.
"Two benefits is one being the gas mileage, these have V6’s instead of V8’s that the Crown Victorias have that will be replaced. It’s almost double the gas mileage and also these cars will be all four wheel drive and with this past winter will be great benefit, " said Chief Miller.
Chief Miller says that he believes the new vehicles will also improve response times for officers in extreme situations.
" It definitely should help, especially in the extreme weather. We had some nights that the car peeled off the back lot with the cars," said Chief Miller.
According to the state contract the police department must purchase their new vehicles by this upcoming Thursday. In other council news, homeowner Randy Kelso was denied a moral claim of $1,000 regarding expenses accrued in sewer backups that he believes were due to the city’s negligence.