West Lampeter to buy two new cruisers
BY PHILIP GRUBER, Correspondent
West Lampeter supervisors voted March 11 to buy two new police cruisers for just under $50,000.
The Ford Taurus sedans will replace current cruisers No. 2 and 5, each of which has logged 100,000 miles.
Township police Chief James Walsh presented the proposal after several months of research. Walsh said he will work with the Pittsburgh-area Central Westmoreland Council of Government to purchase the cars.
Some supervisors took issue with Walsh's plan to purchase all-wheel-drive cars.
Chairman Barry Hershey noted that the township already has a four-wheel-drive vehicle and several all-wheel-drive cruisers. He said he was concerned about the all-wheel-drives having lower fuel economy than front-wheel-drive cruisers.
Supervisor James Kalenich asked the chief to see if the Taurus was available in front-wheel-drive.
Supervisor Randy Moyer supported purchasing all-wheel-drive cars, saying he would like the township to be prepared "for those few occasions when we really need" all-wheel-drive, such as bad storms.
The township will sell the cruisers it is replacing.
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