The Town Council on Tuesday gave the Vernon Police department the go-ahead to bypass the traditional bidding process and sign a lease agreement with a local dealership for a new fleet of unmarked cars.
The vote was unanimous.
The current lease that involves five 2011 vehicles - Ford Fusion sedans and a Ford sport utility vehicle, used primarily by detectives - is set to expire at the end of the year. The lease is with the Ford Motor Company, according to an administrative memo.
The cost of the lease is $19,114, according to finance records. Police spokesman Lt. William Meier said the next lease is budgeted at $21,000, a number Mayor George Apel reiterated on Tuesday.
Two quotes were obtained after police shopped at a variety of dealerships - Scranton Motors of Vernon at $20,544 and Manchester Honda $30,346, according to the memo. Police officials recommended the former.
The Scranton quote includes:
• A 2013 GMC Terrain • Two 2013 Buick Lacrosse sedans • A 2013 Buick Regal • A 2013 Buick Verano
All five vehicles carry a five-year, $100,000-mile driver train warranty and the Buicks come with a four-year $50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, the quote indicates.
Scranton said the cars are available immediately.
The Honda quote includes:
• Two 2014 Honda Accords • A 2014 Honda CRV • A 2014 Honda Pilot
Police Chief James Kenny said detectives put about 15,000 miles on the vehicles annually.