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Leetonia council OKs cruiser purchase

LEETONIA–Leetonia council approved the purchase of a new police cruiser Tuesday evening.

Police Chief Allen Haueter presented the request for a new vehicle to council after discussing the mechanical issues with the department fleet. He brought seven bids to council ranging from $40,000 to $21,180.

Council granted permission to purchase a 2020 Ford Fusion $21,180 from Donnell in Salem.

When asked about the status of the remaining fleet Haueter said the vehicle he drove to the meeting has electrical issues and another has been driven about 145,000 miles. He explained vehicles wear out faster if used by multiple officers on all three shifts.

Mayor Kevin Siembida said the funds to purchase the vehicle could be supplemented with money from the recovery fund instead of general funds.

Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar said funds could be moved around to cover the vehicle. He suggested funds could be moved from building maintenance and salaries without additional appropriations.

Siembida suggested selling the vehicle with electrical issues in an online auction.

In other department concerns council passed a resolution approving the sale of unused firearms by the police department in an online auction.

In other matters, Councilman William J. Merdich mentioned Larry Duko Sr. had passed away.

“Larry was a very dedicated person to the village. I had the honor and privilege of serving with him on the Shade Tree Commission for 20 years,” Merdich said.

Merdich said Duko took his responsibility beautifying the village seriously and sent condolences to his wife and family.

“He was a great person and just very dedicated and loved his community,” Merdich said.

Siembida mentioned there will be a tree planted in Wick Park in memory of Duko.

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