The McPherson County Commission approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the McPherson County Sheriff's Office Monday morning.

The McPherson County Commission approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the McPherson County Sheriff's Office Monday morning.

The new vehicles will replace two older vehicles for use by on-duty deputies. One of the old vehicles will be traded in to offset the cost of the new cars.

"The trade-in value for the other is only $2,000," said McPherson County Sheriff Jerry Montagne. "This vehicle would allow our department to keep a spare vehicle to do multiple tasks for the jail."

These tasks include transporting inmates to medical appointments or other locations other than court, without pulling deputies off the road. It could also be used to run jail errands and for transportation of reserve deputies to and from events.

The total cost of the new vehicles, including the trade-in, is $47,730, which is within the department's budget for vehicles this year. There will be additional costs for equipment, but those are expected to remain in-budget as well.

Commissioners also approved $117,202.70 to repair a bridge on Eisenhower Road between 14th Avenue and Old Kansas Highway 81. These repairs are needed to avoid closing the bridge, or avoid the higher cost of completely rebuilding it. Work on the bridge is expected to begin around March 15 and should be completed in four to five weeks.