In Nov. 26 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
After losing the city's best police cruiser in a deer collision last week, the Jamestown City Council and Police Chief Derek Polston discussed the possible purchase of several new police vehicles during the regular monthly meeting last Thursday at city hall.
"We're reaching a stage where we are going to have to invest in some vehicles," Mayor Brooks Bates said.
Polston went over the department's vehicle inventory, pointing out the numerous problem's with the vehicles from wreck damage to high mileage to transmission problems. The chief went on to say that it was his opinion the the city replace four current police vehicles.
Polston said he had checked vehicle prices with both Franklin Chevrolet in Russell Springs and Bachman Commercial Chevrolet in Louisville.
The chief said $87,397 is the cost for four new vehicles, which is the state price low dollar, plus an additional $16,000, or so, for police accessories.
While waiting for word from the city's insurance provider on the wrecked vehicle, which has a $500 deductible, the council decided not to make a decision this month and said that they would look into the issue next month and possibly make a decision then.
"I really wasn't figuring on buying four, to tell you the truth, but let's look at all the angles and see what we can do," Bates said. "If we deplete this account, the next budget we'll need to start to replenish it with about $25,000 to $30,000 a year for four years."
In other happenings at the meeting:
o The council amended budget line items in the city's general fund $5,600 for the fireman's insurance and $2,000 for travel and education.
The cemetery fund interest and principle was amended by $5,000 while the utility fund was amended $5,000 for water production miscellaneous for the October plant dedication ceremony. Administrative travel was also amended $600.
Bates said once the next CD comes out, the cemetery fund will finally be out of debt.
"Three years ago we were $48,000 (in debt)," he said.
o Bates announced that the city did not receive funding for the Townview sewer project or transmission line through an ARC grant.
The mayor said the city would again re-submit for this additional funding.
o Mayor Bates re-appointed Sharon Hill as Jamestown's representative to the Industrial Board.
o The mayor publicly acknowledged the Jamestown Water Plant dedication, which was held late last month.
The city thanked Rep. Jeff Hoover and Sen. Vernie McGaha for speaking at the event and also thanked Joey Hoover and WJRS 104.9 for the use of the sound equipment for the event.
Bates also thanked the event's caterers, Barbara Coffey and Sherry Daniel.
o City leaders heard and adopted the second reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting a supplement to the city's code of ordinances.