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Christoper Lutton, City Commissioner of Lake Wales, said that the commission has approved the lease- purchase of six new police cruisers to add to the police department’s fleet. The six new cruisers are: 1 Chevrolet Impala 9C3 unmarked police vehicle and 5 Chevrolet Impala 9C1 marked police vehicles. The decision to avail of these cars is through lease agreement with Orlando-based Mears Motor Leasing for a period of 60 months. The agreement also paves way to purchase the cars at 1$ each at the end of five years.
Police Chief Chris Velasquez said that the new cruisers will be much helpful to their team as their men are spending 90% of their time in their cars. Further, he revealed that the police department is having a policy to replace cars which are ten years old and that shows over 100,000 miles in its odometers.
It is expected that, with the introduction of new cruisers, the annual maintenance cost of vehicles would come down by $4,824.
It is appropriate to mention here that the lease-purchase of vehicles was initiated originally by the police chief, which was then recommended by James Slaton, public and support services director, who in his memo indicated that the Commission earlier approved $28,224 for additional police department vehicle leases for the 2013-14 budget year.