PdC Police Department getting 2 new vehicles, hiring full-time officer

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the purchase of two vehicles, the disposition of three vehicles and the move to hire a full-time police officer at its Tuesday night, July 1, meeting. The action was in response to Police Chief Chad Abram’s requests to amend the police budget.

A total of $3,500 in revenue is expected from the sale of three squad cars. The two new vehicles will likely be a Ford Interceptor SUV and a pickup for police use in setting out barricades, hauling the speed board, etc. Abram said both are anticipated to last 10 years.

The full-time officer is being hired to fill the vacancy left by Officer Mark Fulcher who officially retired last month, according to Abram. Fulcher went on medical leave in early 2013.
In a related action item, the city also approved an ordinance requiring residency within 15 miles of the city boundaries for all full-time city police employees. This must occur within six months of the hiring date.

Other business
One candidate filed for the common council’s third aldermanic district vacancy, left by Jamie Wagar, and was appointed to the seat by the council Tuesday night. Edward Hayes-Hall, who has lived in the city since 2012, was appointed. His term will run through April 2015, at which point the seat will be eliminated due to the previously-approved council reduction.

The council approved a purchase of a Mott Mower and awarded the bid to St. Joseph Equipment, of La Crosse, for a 2014 Holland, at the cost of $109,200. The city had only budgeted $100,000 for the mower. According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the additional funds will likely come from the remainder of the 2014-2016 capital borrowing, or from various general fund line items.

The council also gave the go ahead to award a bid to Iverson Construction, of Kieler, for $190,146, for the  2015 North Main Street asphalt replacement project.

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