Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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May 6, 2013

Library and EMA finalize new emergency-vehicle sale

Greensburg — On Friday afternoon, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library formally transferred the deed to its old bookmobile to the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

According to Library Director Andrea Ingmire, the deal to sell the 1996 vehicle was formalized in December.

Ingmire explained that Library Board Member and Westport resident Mike Gasper first conceived the idea of selling to the EMA.

“Mike works with emergency response in Westport,” Ingmire said. “When he first suggested it, we kind of laughed it off, but the more and more we thought about it, the more sense it made.”

Gasper approached the EMA and EMA Director Rob Duckworth in turn approached the library.

“Tax payer dollars already paid for this vehicle the first time around,” Ingmire said. “It seemed like a matter of course to keep it in the county; to keep it working for tax payers.”

The library purchased the vehicle new in 1996 and kept it in a garage for its entire 100,000-plus miles of usage.

Duckworth was extremely pleased with the purchase.

“This is an extremely significant purchase,” he said. “Without the library offering this vehicle, this kind of equipment wouldn’t be available to us.”

The library sold the used vehicle for $1,000. Duckworth pointed out that the EMA searched extensively for comparable vehicles before discovering the library’s former bookmobile.

“Vehicles of comparable age and mileage were selling for between $8,000 and $10,000,” he said, “which is easily out of our price range.”

Upgrading the vehicle for EMA usage will cost around $12,000, the director added.

“We’ve already got $4,000 of that covered by grants,” he said. “We’re working on procuring additional grants from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to cover as much of the remainder as possible. That will allow us to use minimal taxpayer dollars. A lot of thought and planning has gone into this purchase, and it will ultimately be a big benefit in helping the EMA assist other city and county agencies with emergency preparedness.”

He continued, “We don’t get to choose where emergencies happen, but we have to do everything possible to be ready for them when they occur. This new mobile emergency response vehicle will fit the bill perfectly for allowing us to set up quickly and efficiently on site at an emergency.”

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.

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