The James City Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of 13 new police cars for the county police department at its meeting Tuesday.
The cars, which are all 2018 Dodge Chargers, come with a total price tag of about $342,145, or roughly $26,319 apiece. The police department has the funds to purchase the vehicles in its current budget.
The board voted unanimously to authorize the purchase.
Ten of the cars are replacements for cars with more than 100,000 miles on them. Those cars are also old and need repairs frequently. The other three new cars are needed to outfit new police officer positions that were also approved in the budget, James City Police Deputy Chief Steve Rubino said.
The vehicles are considered police package, meaning they’re essentially outfitted to be used as law enforcement vehicles with heavy-duty transmission, battery and brakes as well as reflective decals, rubber flooring, a spotlight, emergency lighting and sirens. Additional work to prepare the vehicles will be done in-house by the county, when equipment such as radios and compartment dividers will be installed. Doing the final touches in-house saves money for the county, Rubino wrote in an email prior to the meeting.
In other news, the board approved an application filed by Colonial Manor, 8679 Pocahontas Trail, to expand its operation to include a medical office open to the general public.
Colonial Manor provides independent living, assisted living and nursing services. It also provides physical therapy services to its residents but with the medical office will begin to offer physical therapy to non-residents. The project won’t change the facility’s footprint.
No one spoke at the public hearing that preceded the vote. The supervisors voted unanimously to approve the permit.
Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.