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FARMINGTON — Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. obtained approval Tuesday to spend as much as $205,000 to purchase hybrid cruisers and equip them, after being notified that 5 ordered in February wouldn’t be coming.

The cash will come from Franklin County’s allotment of $5.86 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, in keeping with a 2-1 vote from commissioners. Lance Harvell of Farmington and Bob Carlton of Freeman Township accepted; Chairman Terry Brann of Wilton opposed as a result of he wished the movement to incorporate that it was for 5 automobiles.

Commissioners accepted a deal Feb. 1 to purchase 5 hybrid cruisers and equip every with blue lights, push bars and security cages, amongst different requirements, for about $204,869. It broke all the way down to $155,000 for the cruisers, which might run half on fuel and half on electrical energy, and $49,000 to outfit them.

The plan was to trade-in 5 cruisers.

Ford stopped manufacturing of the hybrid 2022 Explorer interceptors due to provide and materials points and the deal can’t be honored, Nichols mentioned.

The movement to purchase the cruisers acknowledged it was for as many as attainable for the cash accepted.

The fee for cruisers is staying about $40,000 to $44,000 and isn’t anticipated to go down, Nichols mentioned. He mentioned it’s not identified what number of they are going to be capable of discover to purchase.

The sheriff was additionally given approval to promote the 5 automobiles that have been to be traded in. The bid info will likely be posted on the Franklin County Sheriff’s Fb web page, in addition to different websites.

The Sheriff’s Workplace was additionally accepted to promote older gear to the general public.

Commissioners gave retroactive approval to purchase an extra 2022 cruiser from a Maine seller for  $44,187.60 to exchange one which was demolished in a crash in the course of the summer season.

Chief Deputy Steven Lowell discovered a 2022 Explorer Interceptor in Massachusetts and requested the dealership to carry it till they might deliver it to commissioners Tuesday. Commissioners accepted spending $40,534.35 for it to exchange a second cruiser that was additionally destroyed in a crash in the course of the summer season.

The price of the 2 substitute cruisers that crashed in July and August will likely be paid with about $51,500 in insurance coverage cash and the remainder from the Sheriff’s Workplace’ Operation Stonegarden funds.

Nichols mentioned they’ve requested the seller to avoid wasting 5 cruisers when the subsequent huge cargo is available in both December or early 2023.

The division can be changing its .45-caliber Glocks with 9 mm Glocks. Commissioners accepted of deputies shopping for the Glocks they’ve for his or her trade-in worth.

A 3rd-party seller will do the processing for the federal firearm licenses, which incorporates background checks, Nichols mentioned.

In different enterprise, commissioners additionally accepted spending $631,201.68 from ARPA funds to improve the jail safety system, together with locks. It features a $32,000 annual service settlement.

Susan Pratt, the county ARPA program administrator, mentioned it’s a “extremely subtle system” and really helpful the county embrace the settlement.

Commissioners beforehand accepted spending as much as $290,600 for the challenge after preliminary bids got here in however didn’t embrace locks. The challenge was resent for bids and three have been acquired. One didn’t meet the specs.

The commissioners went with low bidder, Minuteman Safety Applied sciences of Saco, to do the improve.


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