Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 | 11:34 p.m.
The Henderson Police Department is getting a nice upgrade in the form of new squad cars.
The Henderson City Council voted Tuesday night to buy 27 new Chevrolet Tahoes and one Chevrolet Caprice for the police department, for a cost of $813,530.
Joe Rajchel, the city’s general services manager, said it was becoming more expensive to fix the old cars than it was to replace them.
“We have extended the life of our vehicles,” Rajchel said. “These vehicles are now reaching 100,000 miles and they’re very hard miles on police vehicles.”
He said the national average is to trade out police cars when they reach about 80,000 miles. Rajchel said the police department, which uses about 300 vehicles, hasn’t made any squad car purchases in the last two years.
“On average (the cars) will be in service five to seven years, depending on the mileage,” Rajchel said.
The council also approved the purchase of a new sewer cleaning truck that will cost $363,194.
“Over the life of that vehicle we’ve done 119,000 hours worth of repairs on it alone,” said Rajchel.
Rajchel said money for the purchases comes from a fund designed specifically for the replacement of city vehicles.