October 20, 2014

Standish to accept offer of $18,000 from AuGres-Sims police to purchase police car

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The city of Standish elected to accept an offer from the AuGres-Sims Police Department of $18,000 for the purchase of one of the city’s two police vehicles.

City Manager Mike Moran advised the council to accept the offer, which was $500 less than the original posted price of $18,500. He added that the council had discussed selling the car for a price between $18,000 and $20,000.

“We can take this offer here, or we can counter,” he said. “They are telling us that this is a far as they can go.”

AuGres-Sims Police Chief Jason Overstreet said one of the department’s two police cars was damaged beyond repair in December after a tie-rod broke, sending the car into a ditch on North Mackinaw Street in AuGres. He said that he has been searching for a replacement ever since.

“This is a truly great option for us,” he said. “This is a great deal for both cities.”

Overstreet said that the AuGres city and Sims township police board was given approximately $25,000 for a new vehicle, but when he had learned that the city of Standish was looking to sell one of its cars, he had to place a bid.

“Now we don’t have to pay for any upgrades,” he said. “We can turn the key and go to work.”

The vehicle being sold is a Dodge Charger and has approximately 10,000 miles on its odometer.

Standish City Treasurer Peggy Burch informed the board that the original cost of the vehicle was $35,000 after upgrades.

Moran said that Standish Police Chief Mark Christian had been rotating service of the city’s two vehicles while on patrol.

He said that is was important for the city to sell the car when they could.

“We have to strike while the iron is hot,” he said. “From what I understand, it is difficult to sell a police vehicle.”

Overstreet said when purchasing a new vehicle, it can take around three days of preparation to be ready for use.

“Now, all we have to do is change the decals,” he said.

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