| By Jason C. Mattox
Sardis aldermen began discussing the purchase of as many as three new police cars during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Aaron Williams of Country Ford in Southaven attended the meeting to discuss a lease program the dealership has in place for police vehicles.
"What we offer to municipalities is a 36-month lease," he said. "At the end of that lease, the city can purchase the vehicle for $1."
Payments would be due once each quarter at a cost of $6,539 for three vehicles.
"The price we are offering you is only good through April," Williams said. "After that, the interest rates will either go up or down."
Williams explained that the Town of Como purchased vehicles with this program last year.
"They paid more for the 2006 model Crown Victoria than you will for the 2007 models," he said.
Mayor Alvis "Rusty" Dye said he didn’t expect the board to make a decision at the meeting, but wanted them to be aware of this option.
"We all know we are going to have to do something about our police cars in the near future, and this is one of the options out there for us," he said.
Alderman-at-Large Roy Scallorn asked if the price presented to the city was state contract price.
"We didn’t get the state contract this year," Williams replied. "It went to Gray Daniels Chevrolet."
Scallorn explained that the city would have to solicit bids for the cars if they were not at state contract price.
"The only way we would be able to buy from you is if the price is the same as the state contract price," he said. "Other than that, we have to follow the state’s bid laws."
Williams said Country Ford could not offer the cars at state contract price because the selected dealer for the state contract receives refunds back on the vehicles.
"I will work with you as much as I can to get you the best deal possible, but even on state contract, you will not have the $1 buy out," he said.
Williams said he did not recall the Town of Como having to bid for the vehicles.
"They may not have, but that would put them in violation of the purchasing laws," Scallorn replied.
No action was taken.
| In other board business:
|| Nena Seilor was given an additional 30 days to sign an agreement with the city regarding repair work to her property.
|| Aldermen authorized Dye to submit a grant application to Homeland Security to pay 75 percent of the cost for a new generator at the Sardis Police Department.