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Council gives OK to police car purchase


January 30, 2019

The Sweet Home City Council approved a supplemental budget allowing the Police Department to spend up to $15,500 from the city’s Narcotics Fund to replace a vehicle used by its detective.

The Narcotics Fund uses money obtained through seizures and equipment sales.

Police Chief Jeff Lynn told the council that the detective’s current vehicle was no longer operational.

While the price of the vehicle the Police Department is purchasing is less than half of the price of a new patrol vehicle, the expenditure and funding source for the vehicle were not included in the 2018-19 budget because the need to replace it was not anticipated, Lynn said.

The department’s current detective vehicle has 91,000 miles on it and has major mechanical issues, including a heating and air conditioning problem that would cost $900 to repair and a blown head gasket, Lynn said. The van has an estimated value of $3,000 or less, and needed repairs outweigh the value of the vehicle.

Present at the meeting were Courtney Nash, Susan Coleman, Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Diane Gerson and Dave Trask. James Goble was absent.

In other business, the council:

- Appointed Greg Korn and re-appointed Henry Wolthuis to the Planning Commission. Their terms expire on Dec. 31, 2022. Trask voted against the appointments.

The commission has one vacancy remaining. For information or to apply, call the city manager’s office at (541) 367-8969 or stop by City Hall, 1140 12th Ave.

- Approved a new contract with CMI Software Corp. to license the Police Department’s record management system and computer-aided dispatch system.

The company’s fee structure has changed, and the cost of the license is increasing from $4,850 to $12,750 per year.

Lynn said the department considered other software options, but data migration would cost $50,000 to $100,000.

CMI offers one of the better end-user experiences, Lynn said. It is efficient for employees, although it lacks functionality, such as pulling statistical reports, compared to other software, but the company is addressing that in upcoming upgrades.

- Learned that an application for a variance to allow a 1,728-square-foot shop at the south end of 5th Avenue had been withdrawn. The city had appealed a Planning Commission decision approving the variance.

- Adopted an updated Revised Limited English Proficiency Policy and Language Access Plan.

The plan is a requirement of recipients of Federal Transit Administration funds through the Oregon Department of Transportation Rural Transit Program. RTP funds assist in funding the Sweet Home bus program operated by the Senior Center. The plan must be updated every four years.


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