MUNSTER | The Town Council on Monday approved the lease/purchase of six new police vehicles to replace older squad cars for $112,415.25.
The 2014 Ford Police Interceptor all-wheel drive vehicles are manufactured in the Ford Assembly Plant in Hegewisch and will be supplied by Terry’s Ford of Peotone, Ill., the lowest qualified bidder. Six 2006 and 2009 police vehicles are being traded in.
Police Chief Steve Scheckel told the council that Ford Motor Corp. is returning to the police vehicle business after it discontinued the Crown Victoria model.
“Before this 2014 vehicle was available, the choices were either four-wheel drive vehicles that were not pursuit rated and two-wheel drive vehicles that were pursuit rated,” Scheckel said.
The all-wheel drive vehicles are all pursuit-rated so that “in the winter, our squads aren’t slipping around,” he said.
Scheckel said both Dyer and Hammond police departments have the 2014 vehicles and are happy with them.
The six new vehicles will be delivered in seven to 10 days.
In other business, the Town Council authorized the issuance and sale of 2013 general obligation bonds totaling $1.97 million.
The money would be used for street resurfacing and bridges; sidewalks and curbs; ash tree removal and replanting native species; and equipment for public works, the fire department and police department.
A public hearing on the bond issue will be at 7 p.m. July 8 at Munster Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road.
In addition, the council awarded a contract to Gatlin Plumbing & Heating Inc. of Griffith, the lowest of three bidders, for $107,500 to replace the water main on Greenwood Avenue from 35th Avenue to Ridge Road. The money will come from the Water Fund.
Public Works Director Jim Knesek said the current 4-inch water main will be replaced with a 6-inch main, and a third fire hydrant will be added.
Town Manager Tom DeGiulio told the council this is part of a plan to replace water mains before they have a blowouts, as happened on nearby White Oak Avenue.
“The residents will be happy because they will have much better water pressure,” DeGiulio said.