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Point Beach Police Chief Says Need for Vehicles is "Dire"

Point Pleasant Beach Police Chief Kevin O'Hara said his patrol cars need to be replenished.
Point Pleasant Beach Police Chief Kevin O'Hara said his patrol cars need to be replenished.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH - The Police Department's fleet of patrol vehicles is getting old and the repairs alone is close to $20,000 a year, Police Chief Kevin R. O'Hara told Borough Council members on Tuesday night.
"We are in dire need for vehicles," O'Hara said as he asked for two new vehicles at the council meeting. 
The Council is having a second reading and public comment on an ordinance at the December 17 meeting  to fund the purchase of one Ford Explorer, which would be funded from surplus.  The ordinance was introduced in a 5-1 vote with Councilman William Mayer dissenting.
The ordinance is one option to fund the fleet additions.  The Council also has the option to move funds move funds that had were budgeted on salaries to purchase a vehicle.
Mayer said he was "encouraged" that money was left over in the salaries this year, but he is concerned that the department has not bought a patrol car in the budget since 2007.  The borough has borrowed for SUVs to be part of the fleet, but regular squad cars cannot be funded with bonds.
O'Hara said he had requested a squad car last year for this year's budget, but that was removed by the Council.  If the request has to wait until the next budget cycle, that can mean a police car may not be ready to join the fleet until September or October, O'Hara said.
The Police Department used to replace two cars a year regularly until about seven years ago, O'Hara said.
Typically a police car has two years as a "front-line vehicle" and then are used for traffic duty or reserves after then, O'Hara said.
State contracts regulate the price and type of vehicle that New Jersey's police departments can use.
O'Hara proposed several options for the Council for purchasing new vehicles.  One was to buy two Ford Explorers for $75,398 from Winner Ford.  Another was to buy a Dodge Charger from Carman Dodge for $35,830 for a 2014 model or $34,320 for a 2013.
In a separate action, the Borough Council unanimously introduced an ordinance authorizing borrowing up to $455,000 to buy a fire-rescue vehicle.
Deputy Fire Chief John Pasola said the fire department had some of its self contained breathing apparatus, which is more commonly known as an air pack, fail and the ladder on one of its vehicles had melted when the fire department assisted fighting the massive Seaside Heights Boardwalk fire on September 12.
Pasola said equipment budgets had been cut this year and the $455,000 figure was at the high end of what fire-rescue vehicles cost.
Frankie Sal December 05, 2013 at 01:57 PM
You have been gouging the public with incredibly high parking fees and tickets when the meter is expired for a minute. What did you do with all that money?
Frankie Sal December 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I would totally support anything your Police need, but your town has a revenue stream that no other town has. Would love to see where all your revenue is going.
Victor December 05, 2013 at 03:33 PM
the town isn't that large, have you looked into refurbished police cars? this isn't a joke, you get a warranty and they are probably half or less than half the price. i lived in a small town that starting using them 20 years ago and they still purchase those cars today.
proud December 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Borrowella
Andrew1821 December 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
why would they be purchasing the vehicles from those dealers? the dodge dealer is not even in nj
Art Penrose December 06, 2013 at 12:41 AM
http://www.pointpleasantbeach.org/documents/budget%202013.pdf The latest available Point Pleasant Beach budget shows "Realized in cash in 2012" for Municipal Court fines an income of $1,041,925.48; and Parking Meters income of $1,987,889.64. It seems logical that the town can afford a couple of new Police vehicles. Just saying.....
Da Poppa December 06, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Mmmm .... "Dire?" ... What kind of math do they do in the Beach? $20K/year to fund fleet maintenance, oooorrrrrr ... $30K times 5 for new cars, which will continue to need maintenance. Mmmmmm ... "I'll go for the box of BS, Monty!"
Da Poppa December 06, 2013 at 09:08 AM
You know, the more I think about it, the more ridiculous this is ... Beach is a small town, 1.7 sq. miles with 1 "highway" running thru at a posted 35mph limit (and generating much tax revenue in the form of speeding fines). Exactly what kind of "front line vehicles" are needed to patrol these "Mean Streets?" Well, Big Chief O'Hara will have you believe than can only be patrolled by brand new $40K SUVs, or $35K V8 powered Dodge Chargers sucking down gas at 15 mpg at $3.50 per gallon as they cruise through these streets of hell at 20 mph looking for hardened criminals parking in district 4 without a permit. Oh! The humanity! Get real, and get a Ford Focus or Toyota Prius. Used ...
MrBeach December 06, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Da Poppa You are absolutely wrong and a complete idiot for saying what you are saying. There is a lot more "stuff" that goes on in this town. You must of A. been rejected from the police department as a hire or B. an @$$%0l3 who has had multiple run in with the police for doing something stupid. If you don't like the police make sure you don't call them when you need them!
Honesty instead of Corruption December 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
How many towns have 20 plus liquor licenses and 15 plus motels that house people year round? Manasquan, Point Boro, Brick, Lacy?
Rick Ricky December 06, 2013 at 05:55 PM
All the towns want to do. Is to spend money. We need to stop spending. I say look in to used also. It is a small town. I am sure the used vehicles would work just as well.
Da Poppa December 07, 2013 at 08:38 AM
MrBeach - thanks for the kind words. It's the free exchange of ideas that make this country great. So, while we are engaged in this polite public discourse, please do tell me where I was "absolutely wrong." Was it the cost of the vehicles cite in my posting? Well, if it was then It was the Big Chief that was "absolutely wrong and a complete idiot", because he quotes those costs (it's right up there in the article, did you read it?). Or, was it the cost of vehicle maintenance? Well, if it was then It was the Big Chief that was "absolutely wrong and a complete idiot", because he quotes those costs (it's right up there in the article, did you read it?). Was it the quote about the size of the town and the number of highways running through it? Well then, if it was then It was the person that put up that information on the Beach web site that was "absolutely wrong and a complete idiot", because those demographics come straight from the web site (it's right up there on the web site, google it). The cost of gas? Then you're absolutely wrong and a compete idiot, or a recluse, because that is the price of gas the town pays. I am not a reject from the police department, because I have never had a desire to be a cop. Multiple run-ins with said police? Nope, except for a few speeding tickets from our friends in blue, probably driving a $35K "frontline vehicle". No, the stupid one is you, for completely misinterpreting, and twisting what I said in your sad twisted little mind trying to make me into a cop hater. My note was for anyone in the Beach, or any town for that matter, to look carefully at what your officials in government are doing with your money - wasting it. I'm not telling the cops to walk the beat (although there's more than a few that could use the exercise) I'm telling them patrol in a car that looks a lot like everyone else's car in town - a few years old, a little worn out but still serviceable and less expensive than a brand new $35,000 car or $40,000 SUV.
Da Poppa December 07, 2013 at 08:44 AM
And Rick Ricky, I don't disagree with you at all, but here's the kicker .... They do have used vehicles, right there in the municipal building parking lot! But that's not good enough, because they aren't getting their fair share at the public taxpayer trough.
Victor December 07, 2013 at 10:13 AM
plus I don't think they chase people at 100 mph in Point Beach. Firs,t it's dangerous for the officer and pedestrians and second, you can't out run the radio.
Rick Ricky December 07, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I have a question. Maybe someone on here will know. Didn't the police and town get new vehicles from when the Sandy Storm hit last year? I know my town did.
Mr. Happy December 08, 2013 at 01:10 PM
@Rick - no new cars from Sandy because none were damaged. @da poppa remarks are clearly rooted in anti-police bias, so his comments can be dismissed. As to those people here advocating "used cars" keep in mind the fact that emergency first responding vehicles must be ultra reliable; would anyone want the police responding to their emergency in a low budget used car? Also, police cars are on the road 24/7 and generate much more wear and tear than the average car.
proud December 08, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Right! What if Mr Lackey drank himself in to a coma. Time is of the essence.
Da Poppa December 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Mr. Happy - my bias is not against the police, it is against any government agency that wastes taxpayer money. This is a complete waste of taxpayer money, and your points should be dismissed. Using the "you wouldn't want (insert heart wrenching dilemma) to happen because you didn't want to spend taxpayer money" argument is absolute nonsense. Do we see police cars broken down on the side of the road. No. Has the health, safety or welfare of the Beach population been compromised by having police patrol and respond in older but well maintained cars? No. Would the health and safety of the Beach citizens be compromised by having the police roll up in a smaller, more efficient and CHEAPER compact car, rather than a gas guzzling V8? No. Did I say that the Beach should stop maintaining their fleet of vehicles? No. Councils need to stop rubber stamping ever request to spend money by their local agencies. There are better ways to spend my money, and rejecting requests like this is a step towards fiscal responsibility and lower taxes.

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