BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook's police force is about to get some new rides.
At Tuesday night's village board meeting, the board agreed to purchase 16 new squad cars for the Bolingbrook Police Department – fourteen 2013 Chevrolet Impalas and two 2011 Chevrolet Caprices. All 16 vehicles will be purchased from Advantage Chevrolet Bolingbrook.
The 14 Chevy Impalas will replace high mileage squad cars, some of which have more than 100,000 miles to them, Bolingbrook Chief of Police Kevin McCarthy said. The cars will subsequently be equipped with new in-car Kustom Signals and audio/video camera systems.
The $307,104 pricetag of the 14 cars is about $18,000 under the allotted budget, McCarthy added.
The two Caprices are K-9 units, each costing $52,866, and will be purchased with state seizure funds, McCarthy said.
The old vehicles will either be sold at auction or moved to the code enforcement department, McCarthy added.
Tuesday's meeting was also the final session for Bolingbrook Fire Chief Dave Litton, Director of Community Development Dennis Kowalczyk and Public Works Director Mike Drey.
Mayor Roger Claar honored the three with plaques and short speeches about their years of service.
As a result of upcoming department consolidations, Litton, Kowalczyk and Drey will retire from the Bolingbrook public sector.
Drey has been with Bolingbrook for 28 years. As he accepted his plaque, Drey thanked Claar and board.
"I wish you all continued success and I know Bolingbrook will continue to prosper," Drey said. "I was fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented and dedicated intellectuals, and I wish you all the best."