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Commissioners approve the purchase of new sheriff's vehicles

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners approved the purchase of eight new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.

The office will order eight Chevrolet Tahoes at a cost of about $307,000. The vehicles are replacing one model each of 2003, 2008, 2010, and three 2011 Ford Crown Victorias; a 2013 Chevrolet Caprice and a 2008 Chevrolet Impala.

The Sheriff’s Office gave a presentation to the commissioners Feb. 20 on options for the vehicles — the Tahoes only or a mix of Tahoes and Ford F-150 pickups. The order is expected to be placed by Friday after the commissioners gave the OK on Wednesday.

A replacement guideline system listed about 12 vehicles in the poor or priority replacement category. The guidelines review the vehicle’s age, mileage, type of service, reliability, maintenance and repair costs and condition. Of the 12, four vehicles were either doing well enough to last another year or two or only suffering minor accident damage, according to the presentation. The eight remaining vehicles are scheduled for replacement.

Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said the new vehicles will arrive in about two months and need to be prepared to become cruisers equipped for service by the summer.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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