The City of Hogansville has been working hard to replace several of the police vehicles in the department’s fleet of patrol cars.
The Hogansville City Council and Mayor Bill Stankiewicz voted Thursday to approve a resolution allowing the city to accept a $50,000 grant to purchase three new police vehicles and security cameras. This grant is coming from the USDA rural Development program and it will provide more than a third of the funds that is needed for the vehicles and equipment. The USDA will also finance the balance of the purchase. This loan is a fiveyear deferred Community Facilities loan that is not to exceed $87,700 and it has a 3.5 percent interest rate. This will be repaid with the budgeted SPLOST finds.
According to City Manager David A. Millron, “It’s like buying two police cars and getting one for free. 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.”
The City’s patrol cars are old and need to be updated. The city purchased three vehicles two years ago, but they can get them cheaper going thru the USDA. There is one more step to do to get the new vehicles, and Chief Harr said, “I have already talked to several of the venders, they are anticipating having the cars available for us when we are ready.” This is just one more step in the right direction as Hogansville moves forward in their desire to grow and preserve the wonderful country community that they are.
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Melanie Turner Editor