XENIA — Loyalty was a topic during Thursday’s Xenia City Council meeting. When discussing new vehicles for the police division, one council member did not agree with going outside the city to make a purchase.
“I represent the people of Xenia, not the people of Lebanon (where vehicles would be purchased),” Councilman Dale Louderback said during the meeting. “I cannot support the purchase of any vehicles that is not from Xenia.”
The city is planning to purchase three marked and two unmarked SUVs to replace vehicles that will be eliminated from the rolling stock.
Louderback said the city should look at vehicles from Key Chrysler. He added the past problems with Key over parts deliveries came from communication errors. He also said that vehicles could be upgraded to police standards.
But it was brought out that stock vehicles are not the same as police vehicles.
Councilman John Caupp said he would still rather go with Ford SUVs.
“Fords have one of the best engines out there,” Caupp said. “We would probably get better mileage with the SUVs than we do with the sedans.”
Caupp added that he would like to see the entire fleet go to SUVs.
The council voted to purchase the SUVs through the state’s Cooperative Purchasing Program with Louderback voting no.
Development Director Steve Brodsky presented the quarterly economic development update to council, telling council that unemployment for Xenia for Nov. 2013, the latest numbers available, was at 7.8 percent, compared to 7.0 percent from Greene County, 7.5 percent for the metro area and 7.1 for the State of Ohio.
“So we are within a percentage point of the figures from the area,” Brodsky said.
Brodsky said the demolition of the chimney at Hooven and Allison has been set for Feb. 20
“We are working on all the permits,” he said. “We will sit aside an afternoon for people to take photos and so on, but that hasn’t been scheduled yet.”
A pair of ordinances were introduced following public hearings. One ordinance deals with property maintenance while the second covers the registration of vacant commercial and industrial buildings.
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