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New Lenox agrees to new police contract, will buy new patrol cars

The New Lenox Village Board approved raises for police department agreed buy six new police vehicles. | ErGallagher/For Sun-Times Media

The New Lenox Village Board approved raises for the police department and agreed to buy six new police vehicles. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 22, 2014 6:15AM



The New Lenox Village Board last week approved measures to increase police pay and replace six vehicles totaling $204,914.

Village officials approved contracts with two police unions.

The Fraternal Order of Police represents 31 patrol officers. FOP members will receive 2.5 percent salary increase annually for three years. The Metropolitan Alliance of Police represents five sergeants, who chose a 2.5 percent salary increase annually for the first three years, and opted to include a fourth year at an additional three percent increase.

“The patrol officers were offered the fourth year for three (percent) but they didn’t take it,” said Mayor Tim Baldermann.

Otherwise, the contracts were essentially the same, the mayor said. Both contracts included an increase of line of duty funeral expenses to $20,000. It also increases the tuition reimbursement benefit.

“Three (two from FOP and one from MAP) members will be appointed to the health insurance committee in the event of significant changes to the village’s healthcare plan,” said Clerk Laura Ruhl in a memo.

In a separate vote, the board also approved buying six new police vehicles. They include two Ford Utility Police Inceptors, which will be marked patrol squads, and three more for investigations and administration. A sixth vehicle, a Ford F-150 will be used by the community service officer.

“The new vehicles will replace a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria used in patrol, a 2003 Chevrolet Impala used by the school resource officer, a 2006 Ford F-150 used by the community service officer, a 2005 (Ford) Explorer use by investigations, a 2007 Chrysler Sebring used by investigations and a 2005 GMC Envoy used by Deputy Chief DiSandro,” Deputy Chief Robert Pawlisz wrote in a memo to the village board.

Frankfort’s Currie Motors won the contract with the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative for the vehicles. The purchase price of the six vehicles is $163,414. An additional $41,500 is estimated to outfit each vehicle for its police equipment, according to Pawlisz’s memo.

“Much of this equipment will be re-used in the future,” Pawlisz’s memo said.



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