Muncy Borough Council pursues new cruiser option

MUNCY – Muncy Borough Council approved the use of a state bidding process on a new police cruiser Monday night.

Council voted 6-0 to authorize police Chief Jim Dorman to move forward with bidding on a 2013 Ford Interceptor, using a state cooperative purchasing program available to local municipalities.

Voting in favor were Ed Feigles, Matilda Noviello, Dana Bertin, Linda Stein, Karen Richards and Elaine McAleer. Councilman Richard Baker was absent.

Council had approved a previous plan that could have resulted in the purchase of two new cruisers.

Dorman had filed for a grant from the Department of Agriculture that could have brought in $13,000 toward the purchase of a new cruiser, with the rest to be paid out of the borough’s equipment fund.

At the same time, the borough looked at a used cruiser for $20,000 to determine if it was worth purchasing.

However, both options fell through, as the grant was not approved and the used cruiser no longer was available.

“We’re going with Plan C instead,” said borough Manager Bill Ramsey.

The Interceptor would come with a warranty, Ramsey said, and the police department would transfer everything possible from the old cruiser to the new one, such as lights and radio system, in order to keep cost down.

Council also tabled action on the proposed fire tax, as no representative of the fire department was present.

The next borough council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Myers Elementary, 125 New St.