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County to sell, buy sheriff equipment

ALPENA — The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office will shuffle some assets as it sells some of its older police vehicles and accepts bids for new ones.

At the Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee meeting on Friday, commissioners voted on a handful of matters pertaining to the Sheriff’s Office. It granted a request by Sgt. JP Ritter to request bids for a slightly used four-wheel-drive truck to be used for security at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and a new four-wheel-drive truck for the office. The new truck will be fully paid with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The county will also accept bids for three vehicles it intends to sell: a patrol car, a used truck from the CRTC, and the county’s animal control truck.

Ritter told commissioners that the need for the animal control truck is limited and it hasn’t been utilized since the end of last year. The patrol car has already been replaced and the one the Sheriff’s Office hopes to sell has been parked for about six months. Ritter said the truck at the base needs replacing because it is beginning to cost the county substantially in repairs.

“It seems we have had to have something done to it every week,” Ritter said.

The county will also accept bids on a pair of Honda 225-cc boat motors that it has in storage. The county used grant funding a few years ago to get new motors on its patrol and emergency response watercraft.

People wishing to bid on the vehicles or motors can do so at the commissioners office, 720 W. Chisholm St., Suite No. 7, and more details on the process and bid deadline will be available on the county’s website soon.

The committee also voted to pay for repairs to the county Equalization Department’s envelope-folding and -stuffing machine, for a cost of $1,600, and for an upgrade in the video surveillance system at the county airport for $22,960.

The airport purchase was budgeted for and the new equipment will be compatible with what is expected to be installed in the new terminal now under construction.

All actions taken during the committee meeting are subject to approval of the full Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting.

Steve Schulwitz can be reached at 989-358-5689 at sschulwitz@thealpenanews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ss_alpeanews.com.