Sep. 22—FARMINGTON — Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. bought 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, based on a 2-1 vote from commissioners. Lance Harvell of Farmington and Bob Carlton of Freeman Township authorized; Chairman Terry Brann of Wilton opposed as a result of he needed the movement to incorporate that it was for 5 automobiles.
Commissioners authorized 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 right 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 doable for the cash authorized.
The fee for cruisers is staying about $40,000 to $44,000 and isn’t anticipated to go down, Nichols mentioned. He mentioned it is not identified what number of they are going to be capable to discover to purchase.
The sheriff was additionally given approval to promote the 5 automobiles that have been to be traded in. The bid data shall be posted on the Franklin County Sheriff’s Fb web page, in addition to different websites.
The Sheriff’s Workplace was additionally authorized to promote older tools to the general public.
Commissioners gave retroactive approval to purchase an extra 2022 cruiser from a Maine supplier for $44,187.60 to exchange one which was demolished in a crash through the summer time.
Chief Deputy Steven Lowell discovered a 2022 Explorer Interceptor in Massachusetts and requested the dealership to carry it till they might convey it to commissioners Tuesday. Commissioners authorized spending $40,534.35 for it to exchange a second cruiser that was additionally destroyed in a crash through the summer time.
The price of the 2 alternative cruisers that crashed in July and August shall 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 supplier to save lots of 5 cruisers when the subsequent huge cargo is available in both December or early 2023.
The division can also be changing its .45-caliber Glocks with 9 mm Glocks. Commissioners authorized of deputies shopping for the Glocks they’ve for his or her trade-in worth.
A 3rd-party supplier will do the processing for the federal firearm licenses, which incorporates background checks, Nichols mentioned.
In different enterprise, commissioners additionally authorized 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 useful the county embrace the settlement.
Commissioners beforehand authorized spending as much as $290,600 for the mission after preliminary bids got here in however did not embrace locks. The mission was resent for bids and three have been obtained. One didn’t meet the specs.
The commissioners went with low bidder, Minuteman Safety Applied sciences of Saco, to do the improve.