Monday evening the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety heard Police Chief Dave Bacon report on the award for police vehicles.
Six companies submitted quotes to supply the police department with patrol vehicles this year. The chief said Fletcher Dodge from Franklin had the lowest quote for the Dodge Durango at $38,519 each. The Auto Park in Plymouth was the next lowest at $39,411.
The Chief explained with Fletcher being in Franklin, which is south of Indianapolis it will take four officers nearly the whole day to go down and pick up the 3 new vehicles. He also said the Auto Park is putting in a car wash and these new cars will have the benefit of that service. With the assistance of the Clerk-Treasurer Lynn Gorski Chief Bacon was able to purchase 3 Dodge Durangos.
Chief Bacon also announced the swearing in of Travis Schieber Monday morning. He started to work right after being sworn in. Schieber has 8 years of experience and will be working independently in a short while.
The Board of Public Works and Safety heard from Street Superintendent Jim Marquardt. The only bid for fuel supplies received last month was from Cereus Solutions. Marquardt told the board he was able to lock in gasoline this year at $3.02 a gallon compared to the average gallon price of $3.26 in 2022. The diesel fuel price was locked in at $3.56 a gallon compared to the average price of $3.00 a gallon in 2022.
Marquardt warned the Board of Public Works and Safety that he will have to watch his budget this year, noting the increased cost not only of fuel but oils and other supplies including copy paper the warehouse purchases for various departments in the city.
The Board suspended the rules and passed a resolution to adopt an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Training Reimbursement Agreement. The cost for this online training is $850 and the city will cover the cost for employees in the fire department. In exchange the employee will stay with the city for three years. If they decide to separate from the city the cost will be pro-rated for repayment to the city.
The Board of Public Works also approved the request of Laura Mann, the Promotion of the City Coordinator to prepay the nine bands for this year’s Mayor’s Months of Music. The performances will be every Friday in July and August and the first Friday in September at 7 p.m. in River Park Square. Mayor Senter told the Board the cost of the bands is covered by sponsors and not with tax dollars.