Woodstock taxpayers will be on the hook for almost $17,000 to replace a police car damaged in July as officers arrested a suspect.
Council passed a resolution Tuesday night, Sept. 14, to purchase a new police cruiser for $36,985.
Insurance will cover $20,000 of the total cost, leaving the town to pick up the balance.
In a report to council, using the information provided by Woodstock Police Force Chief Gary Forward, Planning and Development Director Andrew Garnett submitted a brief statement about vehicle replacement.
“As you are aware, Police Car, Unit #66, was damaged during a WPF incident to the degree repairing the vehicle wasn’t the recommended option,” Garnett wrote.
He said Chief Forward and his team then began to seek other options to secure a new vehicle.
“I am pleased to inform the mayor and members of council that a 2018 Dodge Charger came available, including a full light package,” Garnett said in his report.
Garnett said money to cover the costs above the $20,000 insurance refund would come from the COVID-19 reimbursement payment.
After hearing the report and clarifying the source of the funds, council passed the resolution stating, “that the town of Woodstock purchases a 2018 Dodge Charger from Connell Chrysler Ltd. in the amount of $36,985, including applicable taxes, license and fee.”
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun