Andalusia City Council approves new police vehicles, makes board appointment

Published 11:00 am Friday, December 22, 2023

The Andalusia City Council approved four new vehicles to be used by the Andalusia Police Department and also made an Industrial Development Board appointment on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The council heard a proposal from Chief Paul Hudson regarding the purchase of additional vehicles, equipment, and cameras for the police department.

“We have been purchasing four vehicles every year. Our chief made a proposal that we purchase 16 vehicles at one time, which would be half of our fleet. In four years, we would purchase 16 more. I think that’s a good plan and has some merit; however, it’s over a million dollars. We have some things in the pipeline right now, but we are going to need some cash to deal with those on the horizon. I recommend we do the four this year and look at our financial situation next year to see if we can purchase 12 more,” Mayor Earl Johnson said.

Chief Hudson stated a bid could be awarded locally or through the state.

“Andalusia Ford was the only bidder and bid $37 over the state bid. Why not keep it at a local level,” he said.

The council approved a total cost of $215,000 in the city’s capital account for the four vehicles and corresponding equipment.

The council approved the reappointment of Seth Hammett to the city’s Industrial Development Board.

“His term has expired, and he has indicated he would like to serve on the board. We all know who Seth is. He’s a former Speaker of the House, and I would like to nominate Seth Hammett for this appointment,” Johnson said.

In other action, the council approved the abatement of two nuisance properties. The council ended the meeting and then went into an executive session to decide on a real estate transaction.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 2, with a work session at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.