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Ford Interceptor vehicles purchased for Flossmoor’s police, public works

Flossmoor Village Board members Tuesday approved the purchase of three Ford Interceptor utility vehicles for two municipal departments.

Two of the vehicles will be police cars and the third will be used by Flossmoor’s Public Works Department.

All three vehicles will be purchased through the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) and from its local vendor, Currie Motors in Frankfort.

The police department is replacing two 2012 Chevrolet Impalas, one of which was totaled in a crash last winter, Kamleiter said. The SPC purchase price of the two vehicles, with a $1,000 trade-in on a 2004 Crown Victoria, comes to $52,204. The cost of necessary police car equipment brings the total cost to $70,873.

Ford makes both utility and sedan versions of its Interceptor line. Kamleiter said Interceptors now have about 80 percent of the market share for law enforcement vehicles.

The cost of the public works vehicle comes to $28,967. It replaces another utility vehicle, which was purchased in 2010 but could not be used following an accident earlier this year. There was an insurance settlement following that accident and the vehicle has no trade-in value.

Public Works Director John Brunke said the vehicles purchased by both village departments are essentially the same. The major difference in the vehicles, when delivered, will be the modifications that are needed for a police car, he said.

The board also:

  • Approved a $30,417.60 purchase order for roadway de-icing salt. Brunke said the cost of the salt, from Cargill Incorporated, is $63.37 a ton, more than $6 a ton less than what was budgeted this year. Also, he said, last winter’s mild temperatures resulted in 350 tons of salt not being used and that is likely to reduce the amount that is ultimately purchased this winter. As of now, the village is saving $24,000 because of the unused salt, he said.
  • Heard from resident Phyllis Brust, who told the board that Flossmoor needs to do more to market the village, especially in terms of attracting new residents to the community. Mayor Paul Braun said Flossmoor will soon hire a marketing person who will work 20 hours a week and will help promote the village. Village Manager Bridget Wachtel said joint marketing projects are being planned with Homewood. Braun and Wachtel said they welcome ideas from residents on how to best market Flossmoor. 

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