Lake Forest City Council will buy new police car and treadmills

Published Date: March 12th, 2013

The Lake Forest City Council agreed unanimously this month to purchase four police vehicles and five treadmills at the Recreation Center.

Two high-clearance Chevrolet Tahoes will cost the city $61,000 — $3,000 under the budgeted amount — but will put officers at a greater advantage during snow and rainstorms, officials said.

The purchase, from low-bidder Miles Chevrolet in Decatur, will put the department’s marked police car fleet at four Tahoes and seven Chevrolet Impalas. The new Tahoes will replace two Impalas nearing the 100,000-mile mark. The community development staff will use the replaced Impalas for inspection services once they reach that mileage threshold. The police department fleet also includes a four-wheel-drive pick-up truck used by community service officers.

Two Ford Interceptors will replace two of the six unmarked police vehicles for a total cost of $54,122, which is less than the $56,000 budget. The contract went to Currie Motors through bidding services provided by the Northwest Municipal Conference.

The new Fords will replace two Chevrolet Equinoxes, which the city’s engineering staff will use for inspection and surveying use.

Six PreCor treadmills that have reached their useful lifespan will be traded in to help offset the cost of five new LifeFitness treadmills in the city’s Rec Center. With the trade-in, the new treadmills plus installation will cost $28,861, which is less than the $30,000 budgeted.


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