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When they meet Monday, the Dalton City Council is slated to vote on an amendment to the city’s 2014 budget that will move $984,935 from the fund balance to the city’s capital fund for this year’s capital spending plan.
The largest item in that plan is $320,000 for new vehicles for the Dalton Police Department.
“The vehicles those will replace are at least 11 years old and have at least 150,000 city miles on them,” said Bruce Frazier, Dalton Police Department spokesman.
“If the capital spending is approved, the type of vehicles and the number really depend on how the bids come back,” Frazier said. “Since Ford stopped making the Crown Victoria (the model previously used by the department), every vehicle we replace must be fitted with new equipment since it does not transfer from one body style to another. So, part of the funding replaces the car, part covers outfitting with equipment.”
Frazier said each patrol car would probably cost between $25,000 to $27,000 and another $12,000 to $14,000 would be needed for the specialized equipment each requires.
The capital plan also includes $200,000 for lighting for the Broaddus-Durkan soccer complex off Smith Industrial Boulevard. City Administrator Ty Ross said temporary lighting is currently used there and installing permanent lights will make holding night games easier.
The plan also calls for $215,000 for public works for a new automated garbage truck.
City Finance Administrator Cindy Jackson said if the budget amendment is approved $19.6 million would remain in the city’s fund balance.