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Police chief authorized to buy new SUV

The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 8, authorized police chief Eric Klang to buy a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe for $33,067 from Dondelinger’s on a 3-2 vote, with council members Tyler Gardner and Jerry Akerson opposed.

As requested last month when the request was tabled, Klang provided information on the department’s fleet, including make and model of vehicles as well as mileage on each. He proposed getting rid of the vehicle with the highest mileage.

Gardner asked about the police chief using the new vehicle when he likely patrols the least.

Akerson said he couldn’t support a black vehicle, and he proposed getting rid of the two vehicles with the highest mileage instead of just one. He also thought it was wrong to disregard the lowest quote, even though it wasn’t local and required a delivery charge.

Union contract

On Dec. 18, the council approved the labor agreement between the city and Teamsters General Local 346 covering the police department unit from Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2015. The three-year contract includes wage increases of 1.25 percent the first year, 1.5 percent the second year and 3 percent the third year.

Uniform allowance includes a $50 increase the first and second years with the city buying two training uniforms.

And insurance premiums will increase $15 a month the first and second years, and $25 a month the third year.

In light of that union contract, council member Scott Pederson asked the council to agree not to engage in discussions to replace the department with county deputies or anything else. Akerson voted against this request.

The police department added three new reserve officers: Kaitlin Denton, Sandra Johnson and Joshua Johnson.

Police recorded 155 incident complaint reports from Nov. 21-Dec. 20.

Activity included 12 agency assists, six alarms, four citations, four civil problems, nine driving complaints, five motorist assists, two personal injury accidents, 11 property damage accidents, six public assists, one suspicious activity, one suspicious person, five thefts, one threat, one traffic arrest and 25 traffic stops.