Lo­cal church re­mem­bers 9/11

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Cedar­town of­fi­cials seek in­crease in buy­ing limit for ve­hi­cles

South­side Bap­tist Church in Cedar­town hosted Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some, above, to speak dur­ing their morn­ing ser­vice, then also had Staff Sgt. Dave Karnes, right, in to speak to the con­gre­ga­tion dur­ing memo­ri­als for the 15th an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11, 2001 at­tacks that were held over the week­end on Sun­day. Con­gre­ga­tions all over Polk County joined in re­mem­brance of those who died dur­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks at the World Trade Cen­ter in New York, and the Pen­tagon in Washington, D.C. sales rather than new stuff, and those sur­plus vechiles from the gov­ern­ment are usu­ally per­fectly fine for most of what we’re look­ing to do with them,” Fann ex­plained.

Fed­eral ve­hi­cles, he said, are on a 5-year plan for re­place­ment no mat­ter their con­di­tion or how many miles they have, and on an 8-year plan for large trucks or heavy equip­ment. Based on this, Fann be­lieves the city could be pur­chas­ing new trucks for the pub­lic works or parks and recre­ation depart­ments for much less than new trucks, and still get the same amount of ser­vice time.

He cited prices for a Chevro­let Tahoe which Cedar­town Fire Chief Dar­rell Stephens wants to be able to use as a com­mand ve­hi­cle and carry around a greater amount of equip­ment in the back pro­tected from the el­e­ments.

“By go­ing through a fleet dealer for used ve­hi­cles like these sur­plus cars and trucks from the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment, we’re talk­ing about the dif­fer­ence be­tween spend­ing $44,000 on a new Tahoe ver­sus spend­ing $22,000 for a used ve­hi­cle with less than 40,000 miles on it,” Fann said.

He added that op­tions for heavy equip­ment through sur­plus sales might also be avail­able as well, should the city de­cide to go down that route in the fu­ture.

Fann said the bid­ding process for used ve­hi­cles like these are too slow, which is why he’s re­quested the cap in­crease.

“The prob­lem with used ve­hi­cles is that it is im­pos­si­ble to put bids onto them,” he said. “By the time you go through the bid process, the ve­hi­cle you wanted is prob­a­bly al­ready gone.”

The cur­rent $10,000 cap is too low, Fann said, to be able to pur­chase used ve­hi­cles with­out find­ing them with high mileage and fu­ture main­te­nance is­sues.

City com­mis­sion­ers briefly dis­cussed the is­sue dur­ing their Sept. 6 work ses­sion.

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