Oak Creek board OKs new patrol car | SteamboatToday.com

Oak Creek board OKs new patrol car

The Oak Creek Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of a new patrol vehicle for the town’s chief of police at Thursday’s town board meeting.

The vehicle will be bought with some of the roughly $19,000 that is estimated as leftover from the police department’s 2003 expenditures.

A new vehicle is important to ensure that officers stay safe and are able to respond to public calls, Oak Creek Chief of Police Tim Willert said.

The Ford Explorer that Willert drives was bought a couple of years ago from the Routt County Sheriff’s Department for a good price, but the vehicle has more than 114,000 miles on it, he said.

It needs new tires and brakes and other maintenance work, and Willert said it makes more sense to put money toward a new vehicle then toward maintenance on the old one.

“I’m just looking to replace it with a vehicle that has a warranty and low miles,” Willert said before the meeting.

“It’s a safety issue for the officer, plus the vehicle is not cost-effective to maintain anymore.”

A new vehicle would cost more than $20,000, a cost that could be lowered to $16,000 by trading in the current vehicle.

After Willert formally asked for permission to buy the new vehicle, the town quickly agreed to his request.

Before the meeting, Willert said the town also was looking at next year’s budget to see if it would be possible to replace the vehicle driven by the town’s second officer.

In other business, the Town Board discussed the no parking signs that were installed last week on Moffat Avenue near Decker Park in downtown Oak Creek. The signs originally were installed in response to complaints about parking on both sides of the narrow street and because of questions as to whether the parking posed safety concerns.

The board decided to keep the signs but to measure the road carefully and take another look at the issue.

— To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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