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Board approves two new police vehicles for 2019

Cost $62,256, plus lights and interior work

By Press Staff

ASHWAUBENON – To be able to order two 2019 Ford Police Interceptor vehicles in time for last week’s cutoff date, the Ashwaubenon village board held a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 13.

Board members agreed to allow the Public Safety Department to order both vehicles, which have 3.7-liter engines, at a cost of $62,256, plus lights and interior work. The vehicles are being budgeted for in 2019.

Public Safety Chief Eric Dunning said Ford is planning to “retool” the Police Interceptor vehicle next year as a hybrid for the 2020 model.

Dunning said ordering two 2019 models now will make it possible to receive the vehicles in a timely manner for next year and at thousands of dollars less than what the vehicles with the new design will cost.

He said the new police vehicles will replace two existing vehicles in the Public Safety Department.

Vehicles also preordered in De Pere

Last month, the De Pere city council authorized preordering four Ford Police Interceptor vehicles for next year before the September cutoff date.

De Pere Police Chief Derek Beiderwieden reported that would save the city around $30,000 with the new hybrid models estimated to cost $5,000 to $8,000 more per vehicle due to significant changes.

Though the hybrid models have been promoted as being able to save on fuel costs, Beiderwieden said he wants to be sure the “bugs” have been worked out of those vehicles before the city would consider purchasing them in the future.

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