Board adopts resolution to purchase four vehicles for police department

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing it to purchase four vehicles for the police department.
Board members took the action during an April 23 special called meeting on a motion offered by Alderman John Troncone and seconded by Alderman Billy Ray Morris.
The resolution states that the board desires to purchase the vehicles from the Kansas Highway Patrol, because they are “essential” for the town to perform “necessary functions” for public safety.
Article II, Section 24 of the Tennessee Constitution states that no public money can be expended except according to appropriations made by law.
The board has approved the expenditure of public funds for this purchase by its final passage of an ordinance that has amended the current fiscal year budget.
The resolution authorizes Mayor Chris Goodman to enter into an agreement to purchase four Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles from the Kansas Highway Patrol for a total of $76,300.
On a motion offered by Alderman Karl Chambless and seconded by Troncone, the board unanimously adopted a second resolution authorizing the police department to conduct a public auction of confiscated and impounded vehicles.
Tennessee Code Annotated Section 53-11-201 et seq. includes the drug vehicle confiscation statutes and provisions for the sale of confiscated vehicles, while Section 55-16-101 et seq. allows the sale of other impounded vehicles.
The resolution states that the police department followed all “notification procedures” for unclaimed impounded vehicles and obtained any “necessary releases” from the Tennessee Department of Public Safety for confiscated vehicles.
On a motion offered by Chambless and seconded by Morris, the board unanimously adopted a third resolution designating certain vehicles owned by Oakland to be “surplus to the town’s needs” and authorizing their disposal.
T.C.A. Section 6-56-301 et seq. and Oakland Ordinance 13-17 provide for the disposal of town-owned surplus property.
The police department requested that the surplus property be offered for sale at the auction, and it followed all the notification procedures in accordance with the relevant statutes.
The auction was conducted last Saturday morning in the Oakland Impound Lot at 42 Industrial Park Drive by Ferge Auctions and Realty LLC, with a 10-percent buyer’s premium and no fees charged to the town.
In accordance with the Surplus Property Policy adopted by the board, a copy of the resolution and a list of the town-owned vehicles designated as surplus were publicized prior to the auction.