“They’re not offering the mayor any rides,” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl joked after the meeting.
Council members unanimously approved the $108,276 purchase. The seven new city-owned motorcycles will replace seven motorbikes that had been leased at a cost of $33,000 per year, according to the city staff report.
The Evanston Police Department’s motorcycle unit was established in 1908, and police officers use the bikes on traffic enforcement and major investigations, as well as parades, special events and other activities, according to city reports.
Evanston is expected to save $66,000 over the cost of a five-year lease, according to city reports. Police should be able to continue using the city-owned motorcycles for five years after that.
If they are traded in, the city should be able to recoup about $9,000 per bike in 2022, according to city reports.
The bikes will be purchased from City Limits Harley-Davidson in Palatine, as there is no Evanston business that sells similar motorcycles at a similar price, officials said.
Published at Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:26:15 +0000