New city vehicles to hit MLT streets soon

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The new Dodge Charger.
The new Dodge Charger.
Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle
Ford Interceptor

Mountlake Terrace residents could be seeing new city vehicles, including seven new police cars, within a few months following City Council approval of their purchases last Monday.

The city is purchasing 12 new vehicles at a total cost of $588,500 to replace 14 vehicles in its fleet. Included are six new vehicles for the police department, five new trucks for the public works department, and one truck for the recreation and parks department.

The city is replacing seven police vehicles — a 2004 Chevy Impala and six 2008 Dodge Chargers — with three newer-model Dodge Chargers, two Ford Interceptor Utility vehicles, and a Ford Fusion Hybrid. The other six new vehicles being purchased by the city are Dodge Ram trucks, replacing five 2001 Dodge trucks, a 2001 Ford truck and a 2000 Ford truck.

The new police vehicles are being purchased under terms and conditions of a state contract valid for city agencies. “The state can purchase in larger quantities,” said City Manager John Caulfield. “That in turn translates to lower costs.”

The new public works and recreation and parks department trucks are being purchased after bids were submitted from dealers throughout the state, Caulfield said. The bids accepted by the city were from Karmart Automotive in Burlington, Barry Chrysler in Ephrata and Moses Lake Chrysler in Moses Lake.

The 14 city vehicles being replaced will be sold at auction, bringing in what city officials estimate will be $93,000. The city contracts with James Murphy Auctioneers in Kenmore to sell its surplus vehicles.

You can see a full list of the vehicles being purchased and sold by the city here.

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