By Seth Kinker,

The city of Chelsea approved two requests during their June 17 city council meeting, one was for a new trash packer truck and the other was for a new police vehicle.

After receiving three bids, city staff chose the least expensive options from Interstate Truck Source for a quote of $160,000 while choosing to finance the truck through Interstate as well.

Travis Lampel, the city’s Solid Waste Superintendent, explained that they were in dire need of a new truck and they decided on the cheapest option not because of the price difference but because of the style and familiarity with the model, similar to the one they’re replacing. With the new truck purchase being a budgeted item, a seven-year warranty on the engine and exhaust system also stood out, according to Lampel.


In the city’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget, $50,000 is appropriated for a lease expense. This was based in anticipation that a new scout car would be leased during the 2019-20 budget year.

After research into various models, Chelsea police chief Ed Toth recommended the lease and eventual purchase of a 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility AWD. The lease isn’t to exceed $11,000 per year for three years after an initial down payment of $11,000.

In addition to the purchase approval, council also approved the purchase of a new in car video system, a server upgrade, and new microphones for that vehicle

The in-car video system was purchased by the department in 2004 and upgraded in 2014. Costs for the new in car video system ($4,855.50), software ($179.10), and the three microphones ($1,147.50) totaled $6,232.10.



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