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madcostjacobcarEDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler delivered a decommissioned police cruiser this month to St. Jacob as part of a program initiated by the County Board to sell surplus vehicles.

County Board member David Michael, District 4, joined Prenzler in delivering the vehicle to Police Chief Steve Howe and Mayor Richard Schiefer. The village purchased the former Sheriff’s Department car for $1.

“I plan on using it as the chief’s vehicle,” Howe said. “It’s ready to roll. All we have to do is put in a radio and a mount for a computer.”

Prenzler said the county makes the vehicles available to governmental entities after being taken out of service due to high mileage or age. The navy blue 2011 Ford Crown Victoria was retired with 107,000 miles.

The county initiated the program more than 12 years ago for municipalities and emergency service departments.

Scheifer said this was the second vehicle the village has received since the program started. He said he appreciates the assistance from the Madison County Board.

Michael said he attended the St. Jacob Village Board meeting earlier this week and told them about the vehicle.

“They were happy it,” he said.

Howe said a new police vehicle can cost as much as $35,000 to $40,000 and by using it as the chief’s vehicle it saves the village money.

 PHOTO: From left, Madison County Board member David Michael, District 4, St. Jacob Police Chief Steve Howe, St. Jacob Mayor Richard Schiefer and Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler are pictured with a vehicle sold by the county. St. Jacob purchased the vehicle for $1 through a program initiated by the board.

-- The Illinois Business Journal