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City council approves ordinances for new vehicle, amended budget

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Jonesboro city council approved a number of issues at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

The council unanimously passed an ordinance to waive competitive bidding for the purchase of a new vehicle for the mayor's office.

The ordinance states that Mayor Harold Perrin's current vehicle, a 2013 Suburban, would be traded in for a 2016 Yukon.

The ordinance states the Suburban has a trade-in value of nearly $45,000. Yukon, valued at nearly $65,000, would be purchased through Cavenaugh Auto Group.

Though the city council did not raise questions during the issue, one man in the audience asked Mayor Perrin why a new vehicle was necessary.

"We try to trade cars every two to three years," Mayor Perrin said. "Just about every time we go to Little Rock, I have about five to six people with me. That saves engineering from having to drive individual cars and things like that."

The city council also passed amendments to the budgets of Animal Control, the City Clerk's Office and E-911.

Animal Control will be adding a second pick-up truck for $24,000.

Money was added to the City Clerk's Office for dues and subscriptions with Adobe software, maintenance contracts with Legsitar and a salary for an office manager.

E-911's budget was increased $6,000 so that they might purchase a new pick-up truck instead of a new SUV.

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