BROOMALL–The Marple Board of Commissioners made several changes to the township’s fleet of vehicles during a meeting on Monday, including the purchase of a new street sweeper and the sale of several old police cruisers.
The new street sweeper will replace the township’s existing vehicle, which according to Director of Public Works Edward Cross was “an antiquated vacuum machine from 1988,” that was no longer up to the task.
The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of the new vehicle, which will cost $237,509.50. The new sweeper will be paid for over a period of three to five years, and has an expected service life of 15 to 20 years.
In addition to the purchase of the street sweeper, the board also approved the sale of three police cruisers, consisting of two Dodge Chargers and a Ford Crown Victoria.
The vehicles were described as “pretty beat up," and it is likely that they will be sold for parts.
Marple Chief of Police Tom Murray noted that Ford no longer produces the Crown Victoria and stated that the police cruisers will be replaced by a different model. The Chevrolet Caprice is the most likely choice at this point, Murray said, though a final decision has yet to be made.
Along with the police cruisers, the township’s old street sweeper will also be put up for sale. The Board of Commissioners estimated that the proceeds from that sale will be between $6,000 and $8,000.