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EM buys police squad for $13,300 cash and $14,500 trade-in

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND —  The Elk Mound Village Board has approved buying a new squad vehicle for the police department for $13,300 cash and $14,500 in trade for the existing squad truck.

Travis Hakes, Elk Mound police chief, told the Elk Mound Village Board at the August 6 meeting that while the existing squad truck was not scheduled to be replaced until next year, the 2015 models will soon be out and that significant changes to the new models will mean that Elk Mound would be unable to transfer $4,000 worth of equipment to a new 2015 vehicle.

The cab is a different size in the 2015 models, so the equipment would not transfer, he said.

Elk Mound will lose about $5,000 on the trade-in because the existing squad truck is not a four-wheel-drive, Hakes said.

If the village had spent $23,000 on a four-wheel-drive vehicle four years ago, the trade-in now would be $20,000, he said.

“Four-wheel-drives really hold their resale value,” Hakes said.

The police department budget currently has $18,000 to spend on a squad vehicle, he said, noting that $4,500 is budgeted every year for replacement of the squad.

Police patrols in Elk Mound do not put very many miles on the vehicle, and if the village uses the new squad for six or seven years, and $4,500 is budgeted every year for replacement, when it comes time to replace the 2014 model, perhaps the village board would want to consider transferring the squad vehicle to the public works department, Hakes said.

The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved a motion to purchase the 2014 F150 crew cab four-wheel-drive pickup truck from Northtown Ford in the amount of $13,300 with a trade-in of $14,500 to be used a squad vehicle for the police department.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Approved purchasing surveillance cameras for the police department at a cost not to exceed $1,657 from 24/7 Telcom out of Menomonie. The police department’s citation savings account has enough money to cover the purchase, Hakes said.

• Sent the proposal to buy a John Deere Gator utility vehicle for the public works department to committee for discussion.

• Approved borrowing $100,000 from the state trust fund at an interest rate of 3.5 percent for the University Street project.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Amanda Osborne for The Pour House.

• Approved rescheduling the second meeting in August to August 27 at 7 p.m. Under the normal schedule, the second meeting would have been held on August 20.