April 8, 2013

TURLOCK NOW: Turlock Police hope to drive green

Turlock Police could hopes to receive grant to purchase eight new clean energy vehicles.

The Turlock Police Department could be cruising green soon.

Council members will consider an amended grant proposal Tuesday to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District that could pay for eight new clean energy vehicles for the Turlock police.

The grant application asks for some $98,800 to pay for electric patrol scooters and hybrid electric cars. The money would fully fund four 2013 Trikke Tribred Patrol electric scooters and partially pay for four 2013 Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid cars.

The Turlock Police Department has applied for money for the vehicles through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Public Benefit Program. The program pays up to $100,000 to fully or partially pay for up to $20,000 per vehicle.

The Ford Fusions would replace existing police fleet vehicles. The electric scooters would be used in crowded events like street festivals or the Stanislaus County Fair.

The city has previously applied for the grant in March, but changes to vehicle eligibility specifications required the application be resubmitted. The city would not be required to pay a matching fee for the grant money, though they would pick up the remaining $11,100 left on the $31,100 purchase price for each Ford Fusion.

More car purchases could also be in the city’s future as council members will also vote on whether to spend some $132,000 on on five new pickup trucks for its Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Division and Municipal Services Department.

Due to repair and maintenance costs, the city is replacing five of its pickup trucks, The city will replaces the old vehicles, which will be surplused, with 2013 Chevrolet 2500 HD Regular trucks.

The city awards such purchase contracts to the lowest responsible bidder. They received three bids and went with Turlock’s Smith Chevrolet Cadillac which offered each vehicle for $26,453.

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