Pittsburgh City Council tentatively OKs spending $6 million on new police, fire vehicles

Pittsburgh City Council today tentatively approved spending more than $6 million on new police cars, fire trucks and street sweepers.

Council voted preliminarily to authorize $6.2 million toward the purchases.

On the list of new police vehicles that would be purchased are 22 marked police cars, four unmarked police cars, three motorcycles and patrol vehicles, and one crime unit vehicle.

The city’s Fire Bureau would receive a $575,000 fire engine and an aerial truck at a cost of $1 million, $400,000 of which would come from funds left over from the previous year.

The Public Works Department would receive 18 new vehicles, including a compressed natural gas recycling packer.

The council urged city Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa and members of various Pittsburgh departments to devise a five-year plan by next year to help prepare for future purchases of city vehicles and equipment.

“This is the basic needs of today,” Mr. Costa said at today’s meeting. “This is all we can do for today.”

A final vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

Max Radwin: mradwin@post-gazette.com. First Published June 18, 2014 12:00 AM

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