Delaware County buys $240K worth of vehicles


Delaware County commissioners approved purchasing eight vehicles costing $240,553 for the sheriff’s office and the county’s use at its meeting on Thursday.

First, commissioners approved buying five 2016 Ford Utility Police Interceptors at $33,150 each, and a 2016 Jeep Patriot at $20,449. The vehicles would be purchased in accordance with the state’s cooperative purchasing program.

“This would be an effort to replace and maintain vehicles in our fleet that are used daily,” said Capt. Scott Vance of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. “This is not an addition to the fleet. Last year, we turned in two more than we received.”

The five SUVs would replace front-line vehicles with 85,000 to 100,000 miles on them, Vance said, while the Jeep would replace a seized vehicle with 230,000 miles. The new vehicles should arrive in June or August.

Next, commissioners approved the purchase of a 2016 Ford Transit van for $27,972 and a 2016 Ford Super Cab two-wheel-drive pickup truck for $26,382.

“We have two vehicles we would like to replace,” said maintenance manager Jack Prim, “a 1997 (Chevrolet) S10 Truck and a Chevy 2000 van. The van has over 200,000 miles on it, and the S10 was the engineer’s vehicle for a while. It was at the dog shelter and then we inherited it. We have run the life out of it, so it needs to be replaced. It’s rusted, and deemed unsafe by the service center.”

The Ford SUVs will be bought from Statewide Ford Lincoln Mercury in Van Wert; the Ford van and pickup from Mathews Ford in Marion; and the Jeep from Key Chrysler Jeep and Dodge in Xenia.

In other business, commissioners approved plats of subdivision for Loch Lomond Hills and BOK Estates, both in Liberty Township; Sanctuary at the Lakes Section 1, Lot 7851, Div. 1, and North Farms sections 6 and 11, all in Orange Township. A plat is a drawn-to-scale map that shows the divisions of a piece of land.

“These plats total 46 single-family lots,” said assistant county engineer Rob Riley.

Finally, commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Delaware and the Delaware Metropolitan Housing Authority for the state’s Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program.

“The CHIP program is used by the city of Delaware for tenant-based rental assistance, so it is managed mainly by the city,” said Robert Lamb, the county’s economic development director. “We serve as more of a pass-through from state funding that is available for those types of programs.”

By Gary Budzak

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Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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