Hillsville Town Council on October 24 approved a lease purchase financing agreement for the purchase of two police cars. A similar agreement replacing two other aging vehicles was passed in July.
The Note, dated November 1, will be in the amount of $58,271 with a fixed rate of 1.50 percent for the entire term of the loan. According to the agreement, projected total payments (if the entire amount of the loan is used) for the first three successive year payments would be $14,462.29; $14,387.87 and $14,603.69. A final payment on July 1, 2020 would be $14,817.15. The total payment with $1,903.41 for interest added, is $60,174.41 for two 2016 model Dodge Chargers.
Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce said he is anticipating the cost of the two new vehicles to be under $60,000. The Town approved a similar agreement in June for two other vehicles. This is aligned with the municipal capital improvement plan which looks to replace aging and well-used equipment before it breaks. Yonce told Council the department is selling one car in the hopes a smaller department covering less territory could use it.
Council approved a measure calling for Hillsville Police Department surplus items to be put up for bid on the “GovDeals” web site (at https://www.govdeals.com/). Yonce told council some of the items have been replaced by newer equipment. He said some of the items are so old the cost of replacement parts make repair costs prohibitive. A minimum bid amount has been set on each item to recoup some expenses for the Town.
The items which will be put up for bid include a 2011 Dodge Charger, four blue Fuji Police Bikes, seven siren control boxes, five Whelen LED light bars (all blue, one blue lens and four clear lens), one complete Golden Eagle Radar, two control heads, Golden Eagle Radar and miscellaneous strobe lights.
According to the Hillsville Police Department (HPD) Activity Numbers Report (for October 1 through October 19), the Department assisted 30 motorists. HPD conducted 32 criminal investigations, 12 accident investigations, 643 business checks, 46 warnings at traffic stops and served 26 warrants. A total of 34 false/unfounded calls, 302 speeding/reckless driving summons were issued and four safety belt summons were issued.
Council approved a parade permit for a Veterans Day Parade from Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 1115. The event is set for November 12. Participants are expected to assemble at Carroll County Middle School that day. Participants will move from the Middle School, down Main Street to West Stuart Drive and finish at the VFW Compound. According to the application, the parade will include participants on foot, vehicles and a float. One hundred individuals, vehicles and animals are expected to participate with attendance projected at more than one hundred.
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