Oregon buys vehicles for the police division

Kelly J. Kaczala

        Oregon City Council on Monday approved the purchase of four 2023 Ford Interceptor Utility AWD Base Vehicles for $192,515.52 from Baumann Ford Oregon to be used in the police division.
        The Oregon Police Division was advised that the Ford Motor Company has opened the build dates for the 2023 Police Interceptor Utility AWD Base vehicles and orders must be placed by Sept. 9 of this year.
        The police division was also advised that the State of Ohio will not be awarding a bid for this vehicle in 2023. Due to the time constraint, the local vendor, Baumann Ford Oregon, has provided a quote for the vehicles and must place the order immediately.
        “To do business to purchase cars has changed from what it was in the past,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We normally would be purchasing these in next year’s budget, but the timely fashion in ordering a car, you have to do it very early if you expect to get it.”
        Also at the meeting, council:
        •Approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for bridge inspection services to be provided by ODOT through the Municipal Bridge Inspection Program.
        In order to assist municipalities across the state in achieving full compliance with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) bridge metrics, or inspection requirements, ODOT is providing certain bridge inspection services to municipalities at no cost to municipalities.
        The current municipal bridge inspection program is ending on Dec. 31, so ODOT is in the process of renewing the program for one more year.
        The proposed bridge inspection services for the city will include, but is not limited to, routine inspections, element level inspections, critical findings reports, fracture critical member inspections, load rating calculations and reports, weight limits posting sign recommendations, scour assessments, scour plan of actions, development of fracture critical plans, and underwater dive inspection reports for the city, as needed for city bridges.
        •Approved a contract with the Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Toledo (YMCA) for the senior aquanastics, senior exercise program and other senior activities through Dec. 31, 2025.
        “It’s been a very successful program,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “So is our outdoor swimming pool with the Y.”
        Council also approved an agreement with the YMCA in which access to the Eastern Community YMCA outdoor swimming pool will be provided to all residents of Oregon.
        The YMCA will provide access to the outdoor pool at the YMCA to all residents of the city on an equal basis with its members during normal public pool hours for the days the pool is open in the summer of 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025.
        The YMCA will provide pool passes at $55 for an individual adult, $40 for youth 10-17 years old, and $105 for a family (two adults plus children in a household).  Also included with the family season pass holders will be member pricing on swim lessons, which is a $65 discount.
        •Approved applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission for financial assistance from the State Capital Improvements Fund and The Local Transportation Improvement Program Fund.



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