Dalton Borough to lease new police vehicle

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal | June 21st, 2016 5:38 pm

DALTON — Council voted to lease a new police car during a special meeting June 16.

Police Chief Chris Tolson told council about the new vehicle, which he found at Kovatch Dealerships in Lehighton, that will cost the borough $37,280.91.

He said the car has a protective shield around the windows and a push bar for the bumper.

“We’re taking a lot more equipment,” Tolson said, comparing the vehicle to the current one. “It comes out to $11,000 to pay for the car for the year, plus the equipment that we need to buy.”

Tolson also mentioned that he received $7,500 of grant money from Williams Energy. He said that the $7,500 will pay for the car’s equipment.

The board voted to lease the police car for four years, making annual payments of $11,000.

In other news, the council voted to move money from the capital reserve to the general fund for items not listed in the budget.

The four items are: up to $11,000 for annual payments on the police car; $3,500 for summer help; $607.50 for the anticipation note that Dalton Council will repay; $2,000 for extra office help.

Also, the council voted to authorize MHW Construction, LLC to undertake the demolition of a garage on Mill Street and to authorize tipping fees.

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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