Community service vehicles fill Hy-Vee lot

Perry's service vehicles filled the Hy-Vee parking lot Saturday for the city's second annual Public Safety Day.
On display were Perry Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works vehicles, each with signs explaining how much those vehicles cost, where the money came from, and how the vehicles are used.
"I was just shocked at how much some of these pieces of equipment cost and how they paid for it, because I'm a taxpayer and that was really interesting to me," Larry Vodenik, Hy-Vee event coordinator, said.
The Public Works Department brought a plow truck used for snow removal, street sweeper, and their electric mosquito sprayer.
In its second year of service, the 2015 Dyna-Jet L30 sprayer cost $15,000.
"The old mosquito sprayer was gas powered, really loud, and people could here you coming from a few blocks away. The new one is electric, so it makes no noise," Josh Wuebker, Public Works deputy director, said. "We've had people call and say, 'I don't think the guys are spraying.' Yeah, they are, you just can't hear them."
Officer James Archer showed the Perry Police Department's new 2015 Ford Explorer.
The $39,000 all-wheel drive vehicle is designed to be a patrol car, Archer said.
"It has features with the suspension, motor and the electronics, because there's a lot of electronics in these cars nowadays," he said.
It also features a new vehicle color design.
"We switched from the traditional black and white to an all black car, with new striping on it, giving us a fresh look," Archer said.
The day also allowed the community to have a positive experience with their local police.
"Oftentimes, people see us at the worst time in their lives or a bad experience, so anytime we can bring back a positive experience and interact with our community in this sort of way, it's a win-win for all of us," Archer said.
Sven Peterson, Perry city administrator, said the day is a great opportunity for the community to better understand the city.
"They can understand the importance of where these tax dollars are going and not only what they're purchasing but how this equipment is used and how that affects their everyday life," he said. "It's good for people to get the chance to climb up in the equipment, see what it does and experience it for themselves."