The Rincon Police Department is going to help the Guyton force add to its fleet.
City council members agreed to surplus the first Dodge Charger in the police department and sell it to the city of Guyton.
The car has more than 100,000 miles on it — “hard-drive miles,” assessed Rincon Police Chief Phillip Scholl, and has a light bar, cage and siren. The light bar needs repairs worth about $500.
“The car has had numerous repairs,” Scholl said. “There have been several recalls. We’ve gotten good life out of it.”
The Charger currently is a spare vehicle for the Rincon Police Department.
The Charger, which has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, has a Kelly Blue Book value of $7,865. Rincon is offering the car for $3,000. The Kelly Blue Book value does not include aftermarket additions, such as radios and light bars, Scholl added.
“It’s probably of more value to Guyton than it is to us,” said Rincon Mayor Ken Lee.
Scholl said he did not recommend a price for the Charger.
“The need we have for 24-hour, seven-day driving, it’s not capable of doing that,” he said. “It won’t patrol four to five days a week, 12 hours a day. But in a smaller city, they can get another two to three years out of it.”
“These cars get some hard treatment,” added City Manager Wesley Corbitt.
Rincon City Council is applying for another community development block grant to continue the water-sewer improvements on the west side of the city.
The city has agreed to enter into an arrangement with Assistance to Local Government Associates for grant-writing and application.
“Every year, ALGA gets 15 grants in CDBG alone,” said city planner Lameisha Kelly.
The city won a $500,000 CDBG in September 2013 for water and sewer improvements along 9th Street. The city has applied more than $600,000 in match and leverage toward the project. According to the grant proposal, the work has benefited 385 people, 94 percent of whom have low to moderate incomes.
“It’s a great project,” said Mayor Ken Lee.
City council awarded the initial project to Y-Delta of Statesboro in December 2013. Four firms bid on the project, and Y-Delta’s submittal of $957,000 was the lowest.