Payson police vehicle

The Payson Police Department will soon have a new vehicle to take to meetings and trainings. The old vehicle has about 300,000 miles on it and needs a new engine.

There comes a time in a vehicle’s life when the cost to maintain it outweighs the payments for a new one.

Such is the case with the Payson Police Department’s vehicle used for trainings. The PPD not only has the responsibility to keep up its fleet, but provide transportation to and from meetings.

The current vehicle has about 300,000 miles and needs a new engine. This prompted Payson Police Chief Ron Tischer to say, “a new vehicle will allow civilian personnel to safely travel for trainings and meetings without the fear of breaking down. Currently, when the vehicle breaks down, usually in the Phoenix area, a tow truck from Payson is sent to pick it up.”

After hearing that, Mayor Tom Morrissey made the only comment.

“Whatever you need Ron,” said Mayor Tom Morrissey. “How can we expect him or Chief Staub to do their job without a working vehicle?”

The council then voted unanimously to spend $34,000 on the vehicle during the Nov. 21 meeting.

Funds will come out of the 1033 fund. The 1033 fund transfers excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement. Payson had about $80,000 available in that fund.

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