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Cumming to buy seven new vehicles
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CUMMING — Various municipal departments will receive vehicles and other items after the Cumming City Council approved their purchase Tuesday night.

The vote was 5-0 in favor of the expenditures, which will total more than $350,000.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the items will be added the 2016 budget, but will be ordered this year to save money.

“All of these vehicles are under state contract … and will be put in next year’s budget,” he said.  “The reason we want to order them this year is that it will save about 5 percent.”

Three of the vehicles — 2016  Interceptors from Brannen Ford in Unadilla — will be for the police department at a total cost of 26,995.

The police department will also receive equipment packages — cages, light bars, speaker kits, push bumper and spot lights — for the three cars, at $9,450 apiece, and 11 police radios from Motorola Solutions totaling $3,687 each.

“The police department hasn’t had any new vehicles recently,” Gravitt said.

“The last vehicles that we worked on for the police department were old cars that were a bigger style, and we had them refurbished and that cost about $15,000 a car to refurbish and make them new. And that was about two years ago.”

In addition, the street department will receive two Ford F-750 dump trucks with dump beds at a cost of $159,150. The vehicles will come from Wade Ford in Smyrna, with bodies from Ingram Truck Bodies in Ball Ground.

The city also agreed to buy the water department a Ford F-150 for about $25,000 from Chestatee Ford in Dahlonega.

The final vehicle, 2016 Chevy Impala, is for City Clerk Jeff Honea to use. The bid totaled about $22,500 from Hardy Chevrolet in Gainesville.

“This is a new vehicle,” Gravitt said. “We’ve never had one for the clerk due to the fact that he’s been using his personal vehicle for all the running around for the city.”