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Summit Hill mayor breaks tie to buy police car

Published January 15. 2013 05:01PM

The Summit Hill Police Department is getting a new cruiser.

Last night the borough council voted 3-3 on the purchase, with Mayor Paul McArdle casting a deciding vote to make the purchase.

"Just knowing the condition of the cars, I have to go 'yes' on this," the mayor said in making his decision.

The car, a Ford Interceptor, will be purchased through the state's Costars program from the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning at a cost of $29,345.

Council member Michael Alabovitz noted that the borough has three police cars, one with over 120,000 miles on it and two with over 140,000 miles on them.

Jesse Walck, a councilman, urged that action on making the purchase be delayed two months to determine if a state grant can be obtained to help pay for the cruiser.

"I've been through the grant process before," said Council President Mike Kokinda. "We've been promised money in the past and we waited a long time for it."

Kokinda said the police need a reliable vehicle. He added that if grant money becomes available, possibly a second cruiser could be purchased.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr. said that at one point last month, all three police cars had been out of service.

"I just don't want to keep sticking money in these cars," Alabovitz remarked, adding that the three vehicles "are all pretty much at the end of their service life."

Walck said he isn't opposed to getting a new police car, he just would like to wait to see if the borough can qualify for grant money for the vehicle.

Voting in favor of making the police car purchase were Kokinda, Alabovitz, and Bill Chapman. Opposed were Walck, William O'Gurek, and John O'Gurek.

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