Linden City Council unable to reach agreement for police truck

Published 5:25 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Linden City Council could not agree to purchase a new truck for the Linden Police Department during Wednesday afternoon’s council meeting.

The city had a state bid and a bid from a dealership in Selma for a truck for the department. Councilman Neal Jackson made a motion to accept the bid from the state on a 2014 Ford F-150 XL 4×4, and councilwoman Jan Cannon seconded the motion.

“We’re in a push for a vehicle, and we need to make something happen,” Jackson said.

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Councilmen Dennis Breckenridge and William Bryant both voted ‘no’ on the bid. Mike Carlisle was not present for the meeting.

“I would have liked to have seen the bid earlier so I had more time to think about it,” Breckenridge said. “I’m just not comfortable making this decision on such short notice.”

Breckenridge also questioned why the city bid out for a four-wheel drive truck. Police Chief Scott McClure said he would not use it every day, but it would be convenient to have for when situations arise that it is necessary.

“You don’t know when you could use it, but it would be nice to have,” McClure said.

The Linden Police Department is also down one cruiser after a recent accident, but the council decided to hold off until the next meeting to talk about that.

In other business, the council approved the Severe Weather Tax Holiday for the city for the weekend of Feb. 21-23.