2017-10-08 / News

Montrose Township police to get new cruiser

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

MONTROSE TWP. – Interim police chief/Lt. James Cochran introduced himself to the audience during the Sept. 19 meeting of the Montrose Township Board. During the meeting, the board approved the purchase of a new police cruiser.

Township supervisor Mark Emmendorfer said, “We talked about having to wait [to purchase the cruis­er. But when Don Urban and Chief [Darrell] Ellis retired, we have the poten­tial. We didn’t buy one last year. We try to replace them approximately every 80,000 miles.”

Trustee Gary Keeler asked, “Isn’t our insurance such that they increase the rate if we get over a certain number of miles?”

Cochran responded, “When they get over 100,000 miles, the powertrain warranty is no good.” He explained that the vehicle will be different from what they’ve had in the past, it’s a Ford SUV type.

Emmendorfer said, “We’re thinking about switching the old [police cruis­er] out with the building department [vehicle].” He later explained to the Citizen the township currently has a police vehicle with an engine problem and Signature Ford is willing to give the township $1,500 on trade, reducing the cost. He also explained the building department has been driving a Tahoe (previously used as a police vehicle) that will be sold to further offset the cost of the police cruiser.

Cochran said, “It’s all-wheel-drive.”

Emmendorfer said it’s a 2017 Ford Interceptor at a cost of $28,350 plus outfits.

Eldred moved the township purchase the new police cruiser from Signature Ford in Owosso.

The purchase was approved unani­mously by the township board.

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