At their meeting Aug. 5, the Chariton City Council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of a 2019 Dodge Durango for the Chariton Police Department to be utilized for the addition of the K-9 unit in the police department’s operations. A new vehicle is required for the officer who is responsible for the care of the K-9.

“The city staff has researched the types of vehicles that would be beneficial for the needs of the department for the addition of the K-9 unit. The Dodge Durango meets the needs for space and air circulation that will be needed,” Liegois said.

The city staff has utilized the Iowa State Vehicle Catalog (or state bid) for the 2019 Dodge Durango. The cost of the vehicle by state bid is $30,099.

The vehicle was not put into the city’s budget. It’s being requested for purchase by the generous donations received in the Chariton community for the program.

“Would this vehicle take a while to get?” Council member Denny Bisgard asked.

Chariton Police Chief Tyler Ruble said that yes it would take awhile and that there’s a process to go through to get the vehicle.

Council member Ruth Smith asked about the cage for the dog that would go in the vehicle.

“That’s being donated and will be specially constructed for this vehicle,” Chief Ruble said.

Read the August 13, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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