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Donated squad car helps Richmond with budget troubles

RICHMOND – As Richmond continues to cope with tight budgets, a donated police car is helping the village make ends meet.

Wickstrom Auto Group donated a “gently used” 2006 Ford Crown Victoria earlier this year after two cars became unserviceable, according to a news release sent out by Community Liaison Officer Dave Byrnes.

The donated car replaced a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria with 178,000 miles on it.

The police department also received donations through Rob Cruise of Ultra Strobe Communications and Matthew Eby of Sign-A-Rama for the installation of emergency lights, equipment and exterior markings.

The village also bought a new patrol car to replace the second out-of-service car, Village Clerk Karla Thomas said.

In budget workshops earlier this year, elected officials cobbled together savings and new revenues to fund the purchase, as well as improvements the village is looking to make to its sewer plant.

– Emily K. Coleman

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