Fredonia approves purchase of two new police cars

Two new police cars will be joining the Fredonia Police Department’s fleet within a matter of weeks after the village board approved a resolution to purchase the vehicles at Monday night’s special meeting.

“Normally we replace one vehicle a year,” said Fredonia Police Chief Bradley Meyers. “Last year, the board elected to try and get another year out of one of the vehicles, so we didn’t get any vehicles last year. So really what this is doing is putting us back on schedule for one vehicle a year.”

The vehicles will be purchased from DeLacy Ford in Elma. One will be a 2013 Ford Taurus, which will cost around $31,000. The other will be a 2013 Ford Explorer, which will cost around $33,000. The two vehicles will be replacing a 2008 vehicle and a 2009 one, each of which has more than 100,000 miles on them.

Meyers said he hopes the new vehicles will be on the road within three weeks after the electronics from the old cars have been transferred over to the new cars

Also at the meeting, it was announced that John Monaco is retiring from his position as chief building inspector, effective June 30.

“We’d like to thank John for his years of service,” Mayor Stephen Keefe said. “It is certainly appreciated. His dedication and hard work were very much appreciated.”

Progress is also being seen on creating a new village website. Keefe announced he received a proposal and cost estimate for the project. No action was taken by the board during the meeting.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall’s Trustees Room.

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