After considering several alternatives over the better part of the past year, Mahoning Township supervisors voted unanimously to purchase a new 2011 Crown Victoria police cruiser from Milham Ford at a cost of $30,919, which includes an extended warranty and additional assorted equipment.
"I think these would be extra costs no matter which car we chose," said Township Chairman John Wieczorek regarding the warranty and the options package which includes a laptop computer mount, a flashlight mount, a trunk organizer, a gun mount and a dome light at an additional cost of $600-$1000.
The original motion was just for the cost of the car which was $28,159, but Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt said he and Supervisor George Stawnyczyj were leaning toward advocating the extended warranty which would take the factory warranty of three years/30,000 miles to a 100,000 mile threshold at a cost of $1,760.
"That cost would barely cover replacement of the back bumper," said Stawnyczyj "I have bought extended warranties on my personal vehicles and they have always paid for themselves." Steigerwalt said while he usually is not in favor of extended warranties, "the police cars are heavily travelled and I think it and we would benefit from one."
Full-time officer Audie Mertz was asked about the options package and he said he believed the accessory items were necessary and that the parts they have from the older cars may not fit in this new model. One of the items questioned with regard to necessity was the trunk organizer. Wieczorek asked if the cars had one that could be used. Mertz said they were currently using recycling bins.
Stawnyczyj said he didn't see why they couldn't be used in the new car as well, but Steigerwalt responded by saying that was such a small amount of money compared to the whole car. One of the supervisors reminded them that the inadequacy of the recycling bins may have been partially the reason why loose objects accidentally discharged a fire extinguisher at one point. Wieczorek said he thought the organizer was minor but important and better than the bins in his opinion.
Another question was whether the graphics and lettering was included in the package. Steigerwalt excused himself to call Police Chief Kenneth Barnes to get his understanding of the deal. While he was gone, the discussion continued with Mertz and Officer Jeff Frace suggesting that whether the lettering was included or not, they may want to consider having Kovatch Motors do the detail work as the quote apparently described using regular tape instead of reflective tape.
Steigerwalt returned and said the chief felt the police car should be done by Milham as there might be an extra charge just do the graphics work and he thought there would be an extra charge to take the car up to Kovatch to have it done.
The supervisors decided to hold on the lettering until they determined for sure if it was included and what type of tape would be used and to decide on whether Kovatch or Milham would do it once those questions were answered.
Wieczorek amended his motion to approve the purchase to include the extended warranty and the options package for a total cost of $30,919. The motion carried unanimously at that point.