City OK’s purchase of two new cruisers

by Jackson Latta

PRESTONSBURG – City officials Monday night voted to purchase two new police cruisers for the city police department.

During Monday nights regularly scheduled meeting of the city council, council members opened bids from car dealerships with proposed vehicles for the city.

The bids that submitted were as follows: Browns Ford with two 2016 Ford Interceptors at a cost of just over $24,ooo; Pops Chevrolet with a 2015 and 2016 Chevy Impala for $22,935; and Pops Chevrolet with two 2016 Chevy Caprice for $28,625.

The council voted unanimously to purchase the two Caprice cruisers from Pops Chevrolet. Harry Adams said during the meeting that these would be the first two “new” cruisers the city had purchased in sixteen years. The bids indicated it could take up to twelve weeks for the new cruisers to arrive. The vehicles will come unfurnished, and additional expense will be needed to outfit the cars for police duty.

City council members also listened to a sales pitch from a local web design company, BitSource, on the development of a new website for the city. During the discussion council members asked about various applications that the new website could potentially offer the city including setting tee-times at Stonecrest and purchasing tickets from the Mountain Arts Center.

“We need something like this,” said Councilman Don Willis.

BitSource furnished council members with a cost sheet, which was not made available to the press. However, Mayor Les Stapleton and BitSource indicated that the costs could exceed $20,000 which would require the city to advertise the project in order to seek bids from other prospective developers.

Also during the meeting, an update was presented on the Stonecrest industrial site road development. According to the project spokesperson, the road is about 75 percent complete.

by Jackson Latta

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