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Hogansville receives funds for police cars

Mayor Bill Stankiewicz and the Hogansville City Council voted Thursday to approve a resolution for the city and the Hogansville Police Department to receive a $50,000 USDA grant to purchase three new fully-equipped police vehicles. 

HPD Chief Brian Harr said that with an increase in vehicle maintenance in their current cars, this grant to purchase new ones will help not only the police department but also the community. 

“This helps the officers and the community because it effects the money in the city,” Harr said. 

The purchase of three 2020 Ford police utility vehicles will cost a total of $137,700 ,and the grant will help cut that cost. 

“It’s like buying two police cars and getting one for free,” said city manager David Milliron. “We are grateful for the grant and our continued relationship with the USDA Rural Development program, which has provided Hogansville nearly $3 million in grants over the past year.”

According to Harr, the grant will provide more than a third of the funds for the vehicles and they will be financed over a five-year, low interest extended lease. 

New things are always good for morale and Harr said the new vehicles have excited the officers. 

“They are so ecstatic,” Harr said. “We have a car take home care policy, and you see our officers really take care of the vehicles assigned to them.”