During the Kanab City Council budget hearings in May, aging police and fire department vehicles were discussed.

Police Chief Tom Cram told the council the city was already spending approximately $42,000 per year by purchasing one new vehicle and paying to maintain the remaining aging fleet.

Chief Cram, along with the assistance from a city council member, studied over several months the cost of leasing new vehicles rather than the one new yearly purchase. It was determined, for approximately $47,000 per year, the city could lease eight new vehicles on a two-year lease program, all equipped with new lights, sirens and other needed equipment. The council felt the lease option was a better option than spending money on the old cars, trying to keep them running until they could be replaced.

Stephen Wade Automotive Group in St. George have recently started a fleet sales and leasing program. After meeting with the new fleet manager at Stephen Wade, the police department chose to lease pickup trucks for most of the department, due to the cost of a lease being cheaper than cars, and due to the high volume of animal calls the department receives.

The fleet manager offered, in an effort to promote his business, two Chevy Cameros at the same price. After determining the Camero gets the same estimated gas mileage as a Dodge Charger and Ford Interceptor, we agreed to lease the two Cameros for two years.

Fire Chief Joe Decker chose a Ford F150 pick-up truck with a turbo-charged V-6 with ecoboost.

All eight vehicles will be turned back into Stephen Wade at the end of the two-year lease. Stephen Wade also purchased all eight of the old police and fire vehicles for $88,000.