WILTON — Selectmen unanimously agreed Wednesday to spend about an extra $2,100 on a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor to buy it locally.
After looking at bids and options for a new vehicle, the board decided on one from Farmington Ford for $22,364, rather than an all-wheel drive Dodge Durango from New Castle Dodge Jeep Eagle for $20,215.
Police Chief Heidi Wilcox told the board she was looking first for safety, both for her officers and the public, and then to stay within budget when she suggested purchasing the Dodge Durango.
From her research of vehicles, she found the Dodge has a heavier body than the Ford and was the lower priced SUV.
Selectman Scott Taylor voiced concerns about the Dodge product being relatively new to the police line. It’s also from an out-of-town dealership, he said.
Road Foreman John Welch, who has dealt with both dealerships, said he preferred the Ford.
Selectman Tom Saviello moved that the Police Department purchase the Ford, because it’s about buying local, he said.