Crestwood purchases new police cars, additional license plate recognition cameras

By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen approved several ordinances Jan. 10 that were part of the meeting’s consent agenda, including a contract to purchase two new police vehicles as well as the installation of two new license plate readers.

The board voted unanimously to purchase two 2023 Ford Interceptor Utilities from Joe Machens Ford in Columbia, Missouri. Joe Machens was awarded the state contract from Missouri for 2023 for police vehicles.

The purchase price per vehicle is $41,545 for a total price not to exceed $83,090 for both vehicles. The city budget allots $100,000 toward the police vehicles; the remaining funds will be used to up fit the new vehicles.

The board also unanimously approved an amendment to an ordinance with FLOCK  Group Inc. for two new license plate recognition cameras that the city plans to purchase this year. Crestwood already utilizes FLOCK cameras throughout the city. The two new cameras are slated to be installed on Watson Road at Sturdy Drive facing west and Sappington Road at Eddie and Park facing north.

The cameras snap photos of license plates that are uploaded to databases that police can access. The system can notify law enforcement if the plate matches that of a car that is part of an open investigation.

Also part of the consent agenda was an ordinance approving a salt purchase agreement with Grantwood Village.

According to a memo from Crestwood city staff,  Crestwood staff were contacted by representatives from Grantwood Village last year who expressed interest in purchasing salt from Crestwood.  Crestwood will provide Grantwood with salt at Crestwood’s cost, plus a 2-percent administrative fee and annual flat fee of $300. In 2022 Crestwood paid $78.37 per ton of salt. As a result, the first invoice to Grantwood would be $4,696.56. Salt prices fluctuate yearly.