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Council approves purchase of two vehicles


By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Town Council approved at the their Monday night meeting, a bid from Jack Evans Chevrolet & Cadillac for the purchase of two 2012 Chevrolet Sonics at a total cost of $36,859.52.

The vehicles, both automatic sub-compact sedans and costing $18,429.76 each, will be used by town staff; one for the Town Manager and the other for the Finance Department.

Funding for the vehicles will come from the 2012 budget, and more specifically from a Town Manager budget line item and a Meter Reading budget line item.

Four local vendors were solicited for the purchase, but only one responded.

In other matters, council approved:

• Acceptance of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, which will be used to purchase a ruggedized computer to be used as a mobile data terminal in one of the police cruisers.

• Funding to wire the new town administration building in the amount of $77,596.95.

• A proclamation proclaiming April 28 as "Arbor Day" in Front Royal.




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Why does a car that should cost 15.5K out the door, cost us 18.5K?

I guess it's that Goverment Math, you know, the same math that says toilet seats cost $400.00.

Just be glad this isn't DC. They give their council members tricked out $60K Lincoln Navigators with the option to order another if they don't like the interior color.

Wait a min, we can not pay our policemen or other Town employees a raise but we can give the town manager and finance director a new vehicle. This is not right. Is there an election coming up soon?

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That about sums it up...In the scale of importance/needs... police force vs cars. Council chooses cars. Voters please show them the error of their decisions!

But they should be forgiven since they went green! Our dear leader thanks them.

Is there any reason why the Town Manager and the Finance Department could not use an older or retired police vehicle. It would appear funds for the Police Department should have priority over two new vehicles for staff.

I have been reading some of the other stories that seems to have exposed the good old boy leadership in the town. Between the articles about the Republicans or the police and other town staff leaving. Throw in the stories of raising reconnecting fees and new cars for the town manager, the leadership seems to be poor at best. The same names keep popping up. Names like Athey, tedrick, Hollaway, Darr, Lauder , Carter and Sayrer all appear to be part of the "good old boy" network controling this town. The results does not appear to be very good. Sure hope the people come out to vote come this May election.

It is so funny that you people keep changing your names on here,or you have many names to use when you talk to yourselves and answer yourselves.It is soooooooooooo funny like we the readers of these comments even believe this stuff. Always remember that the voters are smart people and they know who cares about Front Royal. God bless you all on May 1st.

Now, now, Mr. Spunky, don't get your panties all bunched up just because the natives are restless and are talking bad things about you. Don't you wish you had not cast the tie-breaking vote to keep elections in May? Making that choice trying to perpetuate keeping you Good Old Boys on the Council really got folks all riled up. Mrs. Spunky tried in vain to tell me moving the election date to November was a bad idea for democracy. No shortage of chutzpah at the Spunky household. And now you reward your brown nosed henchman Burke with a new ritzy car for covering up your incompetence? Tell us again how money spent on new executive cars protect the community better than police.

And why don't you want to debate Ratigan who wants to move elections to November? Is it because you are a phony-baloney stuffed shirt politician without any accomplishments to brag about and no plans to do anything different except continue sucking up to Tony Carter and the rest of your hometown Good Old Boy crowd?

And just who is the town council going to call when their fancy car gets rear-ended, or vandalized or broken into because there will not be any town police left to call or monitor the neighborhood crime. Once again, money well spent town council.



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