Through the action and approval by Salina’s Board of Trustees, one police car will be repaired and two others purchased, bringing the total back to five police vehicles.
Trustees voted to accept the insurance settlement from Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group on a 2007 Dodge Charger for $12,925 and $2,940 for damaged equipment. The town keeps the car.
“We get the money and keep the car,” Mayor Darrell Blaylock said. “We’re going to take the engine out of it and place it in the car that has a blown engine.”
Joe Watt Auto Sales in Vinita has agreed to change out the motor in exchange for whatever is left of the wrecked car.
Trustees approved the purchase of two Ford Crown Victorias from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol lot at a cost not to exceed $6,000 each.
Both cars come with dashboard camera systems, wraparound front bumpers, front and rear radar and several other features.
“All we will have to do is put radios in them and the decals and they are ready to go,” Blaylock said. “Basically this isn’t going to cost us anything and we will end up with five cars again.”
Money from the insurance settlement will pay for the two additional cars as well as the items needed for them.
Trustees approved the purchase of five bullet-proof vests for the police department at a total cost of $1,999.75 from police donation funds with 50 percent reimbursement from the Department of Justice Vest Program.
“These are top of the line,” Police Chief Vince Stoyanoski said.
In addition to the vests, trustees voted to approve the purchase of Taser cartridges and batteries at a cost of $386.25. The money will come from donation funds.
Stoyanoski will be traveling to Norman in April to attend a mandatory Code Enforcement Training after trustees approved the motion. The training is April 10 through 12, and will cost $185.
In other business, Library Director Lou Ella Martin reported that the library was awarded a second Books for Children grant. She presented copies of the award letter to the board.
“According to your application, your local sponsors are planning to raise $350, which the Foundation will match at a 2 to 1 ratio,” Library Foundation President Barbara McKillip wrote. “Thus, you will be able to select $1,050 worth of books for your library from the Foundation’s booklist.”
Trustees set April 20 as the date for the town’s spring clean up.