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CHRISTMAS MERRY FOR 3 CITY OFFICIALS BEING GIVEN CARS

Three North Tonawanda's city department heads got what they wanted for Christmas: new cars -- for official business, of course.

The Common Council last week approved the request of city Engineer Dale W. Marshall, Assessor Brian M. Hess and Building Inspector Michael R. Eisenhauer to replace the "junk" city cars they are now driving.

In a written request to the Council, the three bosses said, "As you are aware, (we) are all without usable vehicles."

"The high-mileage, full-sized police cars that were transferred to the department heads have proved to be unreliable and expensive to operate and maintain," the letter said.

"As a solution to the problem, we believe that the purchase of new midsized vehicles from the New York State Contract is the most effective alternative when compared to a leasing option," Marshall, Hess and Eisenhauer said.

The Council agreed and authorized spending $46,633 for two midsized wagons and a midsized sedan for department use.

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