MASON — An emergency Mason town council meeting Wednesday resulted in an agreement for the lease-purchase of a new vehicle for the police department.
Mayor Donna Dennis told members the meeting was called due to timing, with the fear the vehicle would be sold prior to the next regular meeting, which is March 20.
Police Chief Rich Gilkey told the council that Stephens Auto Center of Danville, W.Va. has one new 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan AWD at a state bid price of $24,762. If the vehicle sold before the meeting and one was ordered, it would take approximately five months for delivery.
The chief added that Farmers Bank will provide the lease-purchase for 60 months at 2.74 percent interest, making the payment $442 per month. Since the vehicle will be obtained through lease-purchase, it will not obligate the council that takes office on July 1 to keep the vehicle should it want to return it.
Gilkey said the new vehicle will not be used outside of municipal limits. The officers will use one of the older vehicles for transports and out-of-town business.
Council members present unanimously voted to get the vehicle.
The council also agreed to allow Gilkey to have the department’s Taurus repaired. OBS Collision in Gallipolis will provide both mechanical and body work. Although estimates from two other businesses were less, OBS included a warranty on the mechanical work for as long as the town owns the car.
Gilkey showed council members the two laptop computers and printers the police department received from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The computers and printers will allow officers to issue e-tickets.
The police chief also presented the council with a mutual aid agreement with the Ravenswood Police Department. The agreement will allow the Jackson County department to bring a drug dog into Mason three days a month for four hours each time, at no cost to the town.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, and council members Emily Henry, Becky Pearson, Marty Yeager and Sharon Kearns.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can reached at [email protected]