FUEL SAVING MEASURE TAKEN: City vehicles to see less use

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved a policy Tuesday to reduce the use of police and department vehicles when officers and employees are not on duty.“In trying to be good stewards of the taxpayers dollars, we came to the conclusion that we would restrict off-duty use of police vehicles,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.Daniel said he also applied the curbing of recreational use of vehicles to department heads. In the case of an emergency where a department head may be called in, they are able to use the vehicles for that as well. The mayor is also limiting his own use of the vehicle provided to his office during his term.“We’re trying to make sure we’re being fair. I don’t think it’s right to ask our police officers and department heads to do that while I use a city car for personal use,” said Daniel.Daniel said the city is unsure of the exact savings cost at this time, but looks forward to seeing a report once the policy has been instituted for the first month.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the March 15 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.