The Wayland City Commission approved selling of its former police cruiser this week.
During a meeting on Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to sell the former Crown Victoria police cruiser to District 2 Constable Gary Nelson, who has conducted road safety checks with Wayland Police Chief Brian Ratliff recently.
Nelson was the only person who submitted a bid for the former police car.
“I say sell it,” Commissioner Michael Caudill said.
Mayor Jerry Fultz joked, “I was for giving it away, but we’ll take his $300. I’m pleased we got a bid.”
He said selling Nelson the vehicle will make the county safer.
“Does anybody have a problem with that?” Fultz asked the commission. “We’ve talked about this before, with the constable being available, and I’ve seen him out many times and he’s gone to trainings that our police chief has identified are things that he’s done. So, I think it just makes the district safer. I think it makes the county safer. If our district is safer, our county is safer, so it makes sense that he has a vehicle.”
To use the flashing lights and sirens on the vehicle, Nelson will be required to obtain permission from the Floyd County Fiscal Court. KRS 189.950 (6) requires constables to obtain permission from the fiscal court of their county before equipping their official vehicle with a siren or flashing, rotating or oscillating blue lights.
The city obtained the vehicle through an agreement with the Prestonsburg Police Department after a wreck in June 2017 that totaled Ratliff’s vehicle.
At the meeting, the city approved payment in July of $30,538 to Glenn’s Freedom Dodge Chrysler in Lexington for the purchase of a new police vehicle, which arrived in Wayland last month, and $11,200 to L&W Emergency Equipment for equipment needed for the vehicle, with the funds coming from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant.
At the meeting, Ratliff submitted a purchase request for several pieces of equipment totaling more than $6,000, reporting that the remainder of the grant will pay for all but $1,600 of the cost. His request for running board lights, a taser and other equipment was approved unanimously.
Fultz said the grant will reimburse the city for a radar that was recently purchased.
“We spend $1, they give us $3,” he said. “It’s a 75-25 match … Basically, that $1,661, we’ve already paid for the radar, so we’re getting that money back,” Fultz said. “So, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense not to go ahead and access the $6,333.25 that we have remaining in that grant that we were approved for.”