Newark receives grant for new police cars

The Village of Newark announced on Monday that it will be receiving a $40,000 grant to defray the cost of three new police vehicles.

The grant and a low interest loan awarded by USDA Rural Development allows the Village to purchase all three vehicles with a total initial expenditure of only $23,000.

Funding such as this helps the Village to purchase new, energy-efficient vehicles without the need for a tax increase or use of reserve funds.

The Village also purchased a Police Chief’s vehicle from Lyons, and earlier this spring, upgraded the department’s computers.

Mayor Taylor said, “We are thrilled to be able to make significant improvements in our Police Department without impacting the budget.” He continued, “This grant, as well as our investment in new computers and a Chief’s vehicle, will greatly enhance our ability to ensure public safety.”

Police Commissioner Stu Blodgett added, “Public safety has always been a priority of this administration. Providing our men and women with the best tools possible without burdening the residents is a win-win for everyone.”

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