LeROY — The council recently approved the higher of two bids for a new police vehicle in order to buy locally from Hutch's Motor Company in LeRoy.
The vehicle cost more than $1,200 more at Hutch's than at the cheaper bid, but the council unanimously decided it was important to keep the money in the local economy.
"I think there is a lot of value to us buying locally," council member Greg Steffen said.
Hutch's Motors won the bid for a 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor for $27,671.
A dealer from Matteson, Sutton Ford Lincoln, bid the same vehicle at $26,470.
The council discussed for some time how a warranty issue would be handled since Hutch's is not a Ford dealership. Steffen said he asked and Hutch's would transport the vehicle to a nearby dealership if necessary.
The 2015 Interceptor joins three 2014 Ford police vehicles in the fleet, plus a 2010 Crown Victoria. The newest vehicle will replace a 2009 Crown Victoria.
During the purchase of the 2014 vehicles, there was a delay in receiving the purchased vehicles from a different, non-local dealership.
Also, the council unanimously approved a $995 contract for a mass text messaging system that can be used to warn residents of severe weather, road closings, boil orders and practically anything else. "I think this will be a very valuable tool," said city administrator David Jenkins.