City trying to acquire 2 news police cars

ALPENA -The Alpena Municipal Council held a public information hearing before Monday’s regular council meeting to allow interim Police Chief Joel Jett an opportunity to explain the possibility of receiving a pair of United States Department of Agriculture grants that would allow the department to purchase two new police cruisers.

Jett said he is confident the department will get the $13,000 grants and the city would cover 60 percent of the cost of the new Ford Interceptors, which are specifically designed for police use.

“The cost to the city would be approximately $39,000 for its match and we’re not guaranteed, but so far things are looking really good,” Jett said. “We met with the area specialist through the USDA and all of the paperwork has been submitted and the public hearing is actually one of the final steps in the application process. We should hope in a very short period of time if we have been approved for the funds.”

Jett said the cars will have a heavy suspension and be fully equipped to handle the rigors of police duties. He said other departments already have switched to the new patrol car and it has received good reviews.

In other business:

  • Mayor Matt Waligora made his committee and other board appointments.
  • the council approved spending $250 for a new desktop scanner at the police department.
  • the council voted to allow Mike Kendziorski to lead the effort to build a community wooden covered bridge that will be constructed from the Duck Park to Sportsman’s Island. There will be no cost to the city other than helping provide electricity and any other needs Kendziorski has during the two-year construction of the wood bridge.
  • the council voted to pass a resolution that will allow the city to resubmit an application to funds to help with the construction of a trailhead for snowmobilers and horseback riders in Alpena.
  • Treasurer/Clerk Karen Hebert issued the oath of office to council members Mike Nowak and Susan Nielsen before the beginning of the meeting. Both were elected to serve on the council during Tuesday’s special election.

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