MINER - The Miner Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of a new police patrol vehicle during their regular meeting Tuesday.
The Board agreed to accept the apparent low bid of $20,393.84 for a police package 2005 Crown Victoria as offered by Courtesy Ford of Charleston.
A bid of $20,937 was also submitted by Sikeston Motor Company in Sikeston.
Police Chief Roger Moore advised the Board that two of the department's patrol vehicles have been down for about two weeks.
On one car, "the crankshaft's going to be out on it," he said. "That's the same one we just put the oil pan on."
The second disabled patrol car has a blown head caused by a mis-threaded spark plug blowing out, Moore said.
Moore added that of the two patrol cars presently on the road, one needs to be serviced for a broken air conditioner.
Asked by the Board how many patrol vehicles the department needs, Moore said "three would be a minimum that I need."
Except during special events when three patrol cars are on the road, the department typically runs two cars per shift, Moore said, but one is needed as a backup.
The Board also agreed to put the cars on a monthly maintenance schedule as requested by Moore and recommended by Peggy Holman, board member.
Patrol officers had been checking oil, but instead of having the cars regularly checked out, they "drive them until they break," Moore said.
"It's just a preventative measure, is what it is," Holman said, "and it will save you money in the long run."
The Board also directed Moore to ask the dealer how much they would offer on trade-ins for one or two of the department's patrol vehicles.
Under the heading "old business" on the agenda, a review of a proposed city noise ordinance as well as a discussion of a yard waste dump site were both tabled.
Alderman Justin Medley asked if there have been any noise complaints in the last 30 to 60 days.
Moore answered that within the last 60 days, "I think we've got one or two," although he recalls none during the last 30 days.
The Board also appointed Sandra Wright to a position on the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board to replace a member whose attendance was found lacking, and changed the city's representative term lengths to three years on the board instead of two years.