The council approved the purchase of one Tahoe and the option to purchase a second one, if the second vehicle is available.
The department has one car that has recently been retired and another that is currently in the shop again.
The department already has three Tahoes purchased in the same manner over the last year. According to Mayor Petey Ellis these vehicles have mostly just required routine maintenence, although one required a new transmission.
“In my opinion that is a much better deal than spending $35,000 on a new vehicle,” Ellis said.
In other business:
•Sumiton Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr reminded the council that the Sumiton Business Alliance will host an informational session to assist Sumiton business owners in identifying and protecting themselves from counterfeit.
The session will be taught by Senior Special Agent K.C. Allman with the U.S. Secret Service on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sumiton Community Center. Business owners who plan to attend are asked to contact the police department so they can create a list of expected attendees.
•Sumiton Police and Fire will also be participating in a drill today at Bevill State.
This is part of an exercise to prepare local first responders in the event of an actual bioterrorism event.
•The council approved an alcohol license application for the Chevron gas station on Main Street in Sumiton.
•The council voted to close city hall on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to give city employees the holiday time off.