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Council tables request for new police vehicle; more information sought

While the Pequot Lakes City Council agrees with the idea of replacing a city police vehicle each year, it didn’t yet give police chief Eric Klang the go-ahead to buy a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The council on Tuesday, Dec. 4, tabled Klang’s request to buy the Tahoe for around $30,000 with funds from the Capital Outlay Carryover account.

Klang proposed replacing a 2005 Ford Expedition, which would replace a 2006 Crown Victoria.

Council member Tom Ryan said he had a problem with the chief driving the new vehicle when officers do the majority of patrolling. He also cited the police department budget’s being reduced. He said the department should look at a different vehicle for a different use.

Council member Scott Pederson said he wanted more information: an overview of department vehicles, mileage on each, when each was slated to be replaced plus the total cost of a new vehicle.

Pequot Lakes police recorded 197 incident complaint reports from Oct. 21-Nov. 20. Calls included 18 agency assists, nine animal complaints, seven citations, seven driving complaints, five property damage accidents, four suspicious activity, 11 thefts, three traffic arrests, 18 traffic stops and seven written warnings.

Land-use permits

The zoning office received and processed two land-use permit applications in November.

Permit applications through October totaled 61, compared to 52 in 2011, 60 in 2010, 67 in 2009, 92 in 2008, 111 in 2007, 106 in 2006, 139 in 2005 and 137 in 2004.

In other business Dec. 4, the council:

• Presented a plaque to Ryan at his last council meeting for his years of service as a council member.

• Hired JoAnn Tuil as the utility billing clerk at 20 hours per week.

• Closed the meeting for police union contract discussions.