Council Authorize Purchase of One New Police Vehicle.

Meeting Date: January 17, 2017

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Council Authorize Purchase of One New Police Vehicle.

MEETING DATE: January 17, 2017

PREPARED BY: Ruben Chavez, Chief of Police

REVIEWED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager

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RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that the City Council authorize the purchase of one 2017 Ford Explorer Police Vehicle.

BACKGROUND:

The police department’s marked police vehicle fleet currently consists of nine Ford vehicles. Of these vehicles, two are assigned to the School Resource Officers (SRO) and one is used as a spare vehicle and is additionally mounted with a trailer hitch to deploy the radar trailers and other police related trailers.

There are six vehicles shared by patrol officers to perform their duties. The department recently received two new Ford Explorers with partial funding from a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace two aging vehicles. Both of the SRO vehicles are in need of replacing.

At this time, the department recommends the City authorize the purchase of one vehicle. The new vehicle would be assigned to patrol while the SRO vehicle would be replaced by a vehicle assigned to the patrol fleet.

DISCUSSION:

The police department would like to replace this vehicle for patrol’s use and use the older vehicle, which is still in usable condition, as a vehicle to be used by the School Resource Officers. The vehicle addition can also be used for the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program (AVA) for enforcement of abandoned vehicle statutes.

The department is transitioning over to the new Ford Explorer Interceptor vehicles to replace the fleet. The Ford Explorer Police vehicle is a popular model and the inventory in the state for these vehicles is very limited. The department has piggy-backed on the Los Angeles County Purchase order to obtain the best price possible. The department recommends purchasing the vehicle from Wonderies Fleet Group.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The total cost of this vehicle is estimated at $47,876.23. The department would facilitate the purchase using 10% from the Merced Union High School District (not to exceed $5,000), 20% from AVA, 30% from general fund, and the final 40% from the City’s Community Development Fund (CFD). The department has received three quotes for a vehicle and one quote for a outfitting the emergency equipment.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. Wonderies Fleet Group National Auto Fleet Group quote at $27,889 per vehicle without outfitting

2. Price Ford quote at $26,464.25 without outfitting

3. Bob Moore Ford at $34,780.00 without outfitting

4. Emergency Vehicle Outfitters quote at $19,987.23 per vehicle to outfit

 

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