One Tahoe purchase approved, another withdrawn

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee approved the purchase of a new Tahoe for the emergency management department while a resolution for a second Tahoe was never considered.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee unanimously approved the expenditure of $27,000 for an emergency management vehicle to replace a Tahoe with 77,000 miles that had been referred to as a “death trap.”

Last week, the legislature’s Public Safety Committee also approved the purchase of another Tahoe to be used by EMS Coordinator James Jones.

The two Tahoe purchases were the subject of a lengthy discussion with legislators questioning the need for a vehicle for Jones.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said the committee needed to determine if the Tahoe was “a want or a need.”

Other legislators agreed and Legislator Bob Hayes questioned whether Jones was doing more than he was required to do in regard to his job duties.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler questioned the replacement of a vehicle with low mileage — a question that has been asked by several legislators since the first of the year.

The emergency management vehicle is the second this year to be approved for purchase as a replacement for a low mileage vehicle.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

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