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Commissioners OK purchase of six PCSO patrol vehicles



LIVINGSTON — Polk County Commissioners approved the purchase and trade-in of seven law enforcement vehicles after the court granted a last minute request from Constable Bill Cunningham to purchase one of the vehicles the sheriff's department had listed to be traded in, Unit 721. After removing Unit 721, Philpott Motors of Port Neches offered a bid price $267,670 for the purchase of six vehicles and trade in five as recommended by Captain John Sanders. They will trade in two and purchase two other vehicles from Caldwell Country in Caldwell for a total price of $75,376. "This year we got three vendors that replied to the request — Calwell Country, Clifton Chevrolet in Corrigan and Philpott Motors," Sanders said. "Last year it was just Caldwell. "We went through and looked at every car." Sanders explained that Ford went out of the police vehicle business for a few years after they discontinued the police package on the Crown Victoria. Chief Deputy Byron Lyons, Lt. Mark Jones and Sanders went and looked at the vehicles and the dealership was trying to convert the department from Tahoes to Explorers, and Sanders said that wouldn't fit their needs. "We plan to go with two vendors and take two Tahoes for patrol and one K9 Tahoe for $75,376," Sanders said. "We will award the rest to Philpott for a total bid of $196,512." That will purchase pickups, vans and one sedan from Ford. "Converting to an Expedition from the Tahoe would work," Sanders said. Sanders also commented that there was a substantial difference in the trade-in value between the two dealerships, and a much higher trade-in value for the SUVs. This is the first year the sheriff's department is trading in a Tahoe. "There is a 2009 Tahoe


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