October 02, 2013 Edition

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WR Council to purchase
cars for police department

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

At a special meeting held on Monday afternoon, the Walnut Ridge City Council agreed to purchase three cars for the police department. The three cars they will be replacing will be offered for bids.

Police Chief Richy Thatcher told the council that three of the city's current police cars will soon need extensive work and repairs, and that he has found two 2009 Dodge Chargers for sale in Oklahoma and a 2013 in Conway that he feels would be good buys for the city.

"The cars in Oklahoma are fully equipped with police packages, except for radar systems and radios. One has 59,000 miles on it and the other has 69,000," Thatcher said. "We can remove the radar and radios from our old cars and use them in the newer ones. The total of the two would be $17,500, and they shouldn't require repairs for at least a year."

"The 2013 Charger has 750 miles on it, is fully equipped and is priced at $23,500, including the camera system."

Thatcher said he had talked to area banks and had received a quote from Regions Bank for a five-year loan at 3.35 percent interest, which would make the monthly payment approximately $875 a month for all three cars.

Money raised from selling the three older cars would be used to help pay off the loan.

Councilmen agreed the city would be better off to buy the low mileage vehicles in order to allow them more time to set aside money for a new car in the future, and then continue to update the police department's cars in the future.

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