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USDA gives grant for new police vehicle

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

From top left: City Administrator Alan Winders, USDA Rural Development Area Director Terry Luektemeyer, Tanner Smith of Rep. Blaine Luektemeyer’s office, Mayor Pro-Tem John Weiser, and Police Officer JD Landis. From bottom left: City Clerk Karen Shaw, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Cheryl Elliot, Police Chief Tony Laird, USDA Rural Development Missouri Director Janie Dunning, Sarah Barfield-Graff of Sen. Roy Blunt’s office, and Allison Skare of Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office.

The Vandalia Police Department won’t be borrowing four-wheel drive vehicles anymore.
USDA Rural Development gave $19,000 to the City of Vandalia towards the purchase of a 2013 Ford Explorer from Joe Machens Ford in Columbia, Mo. The City of Vandalia will pay $16,700 for the new addition to the Police Department.
“Our agency realizes the importance of having reliable vehicles available to the police department, so they can respond when an emergency arises,” said Janie Dunning, Missouri Director for USDA Rural Development.
The Vandalia Police used to borrow four-wheel drive vehicles from the Vandalia Water Department when needed, said Police Chief Tony Laird.
“This will be really nice,” Chief Laird said.
“For instance, two years ago, we had 13 inches of snow,” he said. “We weren’t going anywhere.”
Chief Laird said the new Explorer will still need a car camera, police lights, a console with the appropriate gadgetry, a cage between the front and rear seats, and a partition for the cargo area.
“It is great news when a city like Vandalia gets the resources necessary to purchase new safety equipment for the community,” Sen. Claire McCaskill said in a news release.
“These additions will improve emergency preparedness and safety for the families and businesses in Vandalia.”
Also in town for the ceremony was Vandalia’s City Administrator Alan Winders; Terry Luektemeyer, area specialist for USDA Rural Development; Tanner Smith of Rep. Blaine Luektemeyer’s office; Vandalia Mayor Pro-Tem John Weiser;  Vandalia Police Officer J.D. Landis; Vandalia City Clerk Karen Shaw; Cheryl Elliott, area specialist for USDA Rural Development; Sarah Barfield-Graff of Sen. Roy Blunt’s office; and Allison Skare of Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office.
After stopping in Vandalia, USDA Rural Development gave a Community Facilities loan of $520,000 to “Handi-Shop” in Mexico.
“Handi-Shop” will use the low-interest loan to expand its “Seconds-to-Go” thrift shop by 4,800 sq. ft.
The mission of USDA Rural Development is to deliver programs that support the economic needs of rural communities for improving the resident’s quality of life.