Borough considers using ARP funds to purchase new police vehicle | Local News

The Indiana borough council appears willing to use up to $50,000 of the borough’s $1.38 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for a new police vehicle.

As explained in the agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. voting meeting, the Indiana Borough Police Department “maintains a fleet of emergency vehicles that require a vehicle replacement plan.”

With that in mind, the council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Donald Lancaster, along with Police Chief Justin Schawl and Borough Manager Nichole Sipos, is proposing that council purchase a 2022 Ford Explorer and its equipment, through the state’s established cooperative purchasing or Tri-Star Motors COSTARS program.

The borough would not spend more than $50,000. According to the agenda, “this does not negate the need to continue our budgeted cruiser leasing program, but rather brings our vehicle replacement rotation closer to its goal.”

Borough communications and grants coordinator Kyle Mudry said a more in-depth discussion of the uses of the U.S. bailout fund may or may not take place Tuesday night.

It was also unclear whether a remapping of the borough’s four neighborhoods would be a topic on Tuesday. An ad hoc committee tasked with drawing up a new neighborhood map has met three times recently, but Mudry thought that was unlikely to be a topic.

“A full conversation on council redistribution and resizing is expected at one of the next business meetings,” the borough official said.

Also on the agenda is a suggested motion allowing Sipos to execute proposed investment policy statements for the three borough pension plans, and another that would authorize Sipos to execute a loan proposal letter to M&T Bank of Buffalo, NY

Meanwhile, the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival Inc. is calling for the closure of Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets, and North Sixth Street between Philadelphia Street and Nixon Avenue on September 9 and 10.

It’s a recurring event but the organizers are asking for an extended road closure, hence the request for council approval.

A rental agreement between the borough and Christ Bible Fellowship Church is also on the agenda Tuesday.

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