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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Depending on how long it takes for delivery, the Colfax Police Department will have a brand new four-wheel-drive Dodge Ram pickup truck as a police squad at a cost of $10,232 sometime next year.
The Colfax Village Board approved using money set aside in the police department’s vehicle replacement designated fund to purchase the new squad at the June 22 meeting.
The schedule has been to replace the police squad every three years, and the current vehicle will have been in service three years in 2021, said Colfax Police Chief William Anderson.
Police Chief Anderson said he talked to Gilberts of Sand Creek about a new special service pickup truck and had learned the village will receive $23,000 on trade-in for the existing squad.
Moving the equipment from the current squad to the new vehicle will cost between $5,000 and $6,000, said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer.
The $5,000 to $6,000 would be for installing new equipment, but the current squad pickup truck and the new squad are essentially the same vehicle, so the equipment can be transferred for $2,500, Police Chief Anderson said.
The police vehicle designated fund has $16,000 to date plus whatever will be assigned to the fund in the 2021 budget, Niggemann said.
The order will be for 2021, and the manufacturer will start to build the vehicle in October. Delivery will be in April, May or June, or later, since the factories are slowed down because of COVID-19, Police Chief Anderson said.
The existing squad has about 38,000 miles on it, he said.
The police squad has “lot of hours — more hours than miles,” said Gary Stene, village trustee.
The price will be what it is when the vehicle is ordered. The budget usually designates $8,000 per year for the vehicle replacement fund, Niggemann said.
Four-wheel-drive gives the squad a better trade-in value, noted Scott Gunnufson, village president.
According to information included in the village board packet, the total cost of the new Dodge Ram police squad would be $46,805. A discount of $13,573 and a trade-in of $23,000 brings the cost down to $10,232.
The existing Dodge Ram crew cab pickup truck was purchased from Gilberts of Sand Creek in October of 2017 at a cost of $16,182 with trade-in.
The truck was delivered in April of the following year.
Colfax Chevrolet had offered a bid of $18,900 with trade-in for a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado.
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved purchasing from Gilberts of Sand Creek a 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 four-wheel-drive crew cab at a cost of $10,232 with a trade-in of $23,000 for the existing Dodge Ram.
In other business, the village board approved $19.50 per hour as a starting wage for a new police officer with a differential wage of $20 for nighttime hours.
Jacob Pake started full-time last week. He is just out of school and “has a decent head on his shoulders,” said Police Chief Anderson.
Pake is from Bloomer and lives in Bloomer and also is a firefighter and an EMT, he said.
The previous full-time police officer, Kurt Devroy, started at $19 per hour with a differential wage of $19.50.
Keith Burcham, village trustee, asked if the police department budget included a full-time police officer.
“Yes,” Niggemann said — at $19.50 per hour.
Pake works 10 to 12 hour shifts four days per week and works every other weekend, which provides a little more coverage for Colfax, Police Chief Anderson said.
The police department has not had another full-time officer this year, but the full-time officer’s wages are in the budget he said.
Included in the village board packet was a list of starting wages for full-time police officers from other municipalities that Police Chief Anderson had obtained: Glenwood City starts police officers at $26.50 per hour. Cornell starts officers at $21.80 per hour. Cadott starts police officers at $20.72 per hour. Niagara, Wisconsin, starts police officers at $19.90 to $24.87 per hour. Spencer, Wisconsin, starts officers at $22.27 per hour. Colby Abbotsford starts police officers at $22.35 to $24.84 per hour.
Boyceville starts police officers at $20.50 per hour.
In other business, the Colfax Village Board:
• Approving training requests for an annual safety training refresher course (such as blood-borne pathogens and confined entry) in Boyceville that had previously been scheduled for March and April but was postponed because of COVID-19 for Sheila Riemer, Niggemann, Police Chief Anderson and Jolene Albricht (half day of training).
• Approved training requests for an annual safety training refresher course in Boyceville that had previously been scheduled for March and April but was postponed because of COVID-19 for Rand Bates, Don Logslett and Mitch Kreutzer (full day of training).
• Approved a list of 56 bartender operator’s licenses for July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021: Jeffrey Prince, Tiffany Prince, Michael Buchner, Andrew DeRaad, Jessica Checkalski, Tammy Briggs, Peggy Wallace, Gary Stene, Tarris Turner, Thomas Dunbar, Raelyn Tretsven, Bryana Buchanan, Hailey Prince, Robin Thompson, Joni Koehler, Jozie Buchanan, Suzanne Hagen, Mary Durand, Kayla Brown, Edith McKee, Joshua Larson, Sawyer Best, Kaylee McCawley, Jasmine Hanson, Jeremy Artist, Chris Lunn, Timothy Kettner, Brenda Kettner, Patrick L’Esperance, Seth Sikora, Kelly Roe, Tammy Dalhoe, Carey Davis, Evia Gehrman, Tamara Whinnery, Mary Roehl, Jalene Amick, Mikki McCutcheon, Nathaniel Lee, Jeffrey Peterson, Tiffany Reed, Elizabeth Dachel, Elizabeth De Moe, Jazmyne Peterson, Nichole Nierenhausen, Nicole Gotlibson, Kyle Krall, Elizabeth Affolter, Kara Buchner, Bridgette Lenz, Hailey Klukas, Lyndsey Pederson, Elizabeth Harshman, Kathryn Earsom, Emily Rubenzer and Emily Sedahl.
• Approved alcohol licenses for Mark Nelson and Lisa Johnson/Outhouse Bar, 413 Main Street; A Little Slice of Italy, 501 Main Street; J&S Sales/Express Mart, 616 Main Street; Kyle’s Market, 115 Main Street; Synergy Community Cooperative, 401 E. Railroad Avenue; Mom’s Restaurant and Pub, 225 Bremer Avenue, Suite 101; The Blind Tiger, 512 Main Street.
• Approved tobacco retailer licenses for J&S Sales of Chippewa Falls/Express Mart; Kyle’s Market; Mark Nelson and Lisa Johnson/Outhouse Bar; Synergy Community Cooperative; Dolgen Corporation/Dollar General, 120 Main Street; The Blind Tiger.
• Approved a chicken license for Sarah Teele, 610 East River Street, for June 22, 2020, to June 30, 2020. The village board also granted permission to foster an injured duckling.
• Approved chicken licenses for July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021 for Stephanie Johnstone, 604 University Avenue; Heather Pyka, 504 High Street; Pamela Moen, 705 University Avenue; and Sarah Teele (also with permission to foster and injured duckling).
• Discussed the possibility of an ATV/UTV route through the village or making all of the village streets ATV/UTV routes except perhaps for certain designated streets and approved a motion to forward the issue to the public safety committee.