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May 08. 2014 8:44PM

New undercover police cars gain approval in Nashua

NASHUA — Three months after aldermen approved funding for several sport utility vehicles for the city’s police force, officials this week authorized the purchase of four additional vehicles for the Nashua Police Department.

On Wednesday, the aldermanic Finance Committee approved spending $82,256 from a capital reserve fund to buy four unmarked police cruisers. The 2014 Chevrolet Impalas are undercover police vehicles that cost about $21,000 each.

Alderman David Deane, president of the Board of Aldermen, said this week that he felt comfortable with the price, adding they were a pretty good deal.

The new vehicles will replace existing police units that each have accumulated around 100,000 miles. One of the current vehicles has failed inspection due to rust and repairs exceeding $5,500, while another vehicle has been out of service because of necessary repairs, according to a memo to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, chairman of the Finance Committee.

The new cars will be purchased at MacMulkin Chevrolet Cadillac in Nashua.

Alderman-at-large Dan Moriarty questioned the trade-in value of the department’s current vehicles, noting the quotes of $500 and $1,000 seems quite low.

“There is not much value on the trades,” agreed Deane, who explained there is an extensive amount of corrosion and rust to the frames of the old vehicles, which are models from 2000-2004.

According to Robert Gabriel, the city’s purchasing manager, the Nashua Police Department is also considering replacing two parking enforcement vehicles in the coming months.

The purchase of the four new Impalas was supported by the Capital Equipment Reserve Fund Committee, along with the Finance Committee.

The vehicles will include all major standard equipment, as well as special features such as heated outdoor mirrors, vinyl floor coverings, spare tires and wheel covers.

In February, city officials approved spending $283,340 to purchase nine 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility all-wheel drive vehicles. The SUVs are replacing the department’s Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, which are no longer in production.

There was little discussion by the committee prior to its vote on the new unmarked police vehicles on Wednesday.

khoughton@newstote.com


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