Crothersville police to receive new vehicles

The Crothersville Police Department soon will receive four new vehicles and a Humvee.

The town council recently unanimously approved Chief Brent Turner’s request to lease four new Ford Interceptors and trade in the department’s Dodge Durango. The lease would be for five years.

The cost is $25,048.72, and that will be covered when town receives nearly $29,000 sometime next year through the local option income tax, which the Jackson County Council adopted earlier this year.

LOIT will shift the tax burden from property owners to income earners and allow the county to keep emergency services up-to-date.

Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey said the lease for the new vehicles would be paid when the funds are disbursed to the town in 2017.

Turner also asked the council about the department accepting a used Humvee from a Law Enforcement Support Office program that’s run through the Department of Homeland Security and allows entities to obtain liquidated military equipment.

The only costs would be $421 per year for insurance and the expense of traveling to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to get the Humvee.

That passed 3-1, with council President Lenvel “Butch” Robinson casting the dissenting vote. Councilman Bob Lyttle was absent.

Six vehicles currently make up the department’s fleet. Turner said he will try to sell three of the cars and put that money toward equipment for the new vehicles, while he plans to keep two of the Crown Victorias as reserve cars.

Read the full story in Friday’s Tribune and online at tribtown.com.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.