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The Doral City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to talk about the design on the city’s police vehicles and to finalize the new procedure for regular monthly meetings.

The Council will take up the items at 4 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 8401 NW 53rd Terr.

Police Chief Richard Blom first presented the restriping item to the Council at a Jan. 15 meeting where he explained that as the police department’s fleet has aged, the predominantly blue design with gold stripes has faded. Many of the current cars have faded shades of blue.

He presented a design to the council that is mostly white with blue letters while explaining it would be a cheaper option.

“The white doesn’t fade and it’s cheaper,” he said in an interview Thursday. “It’d be $2,500 cheaper for each car.”

Blom said much of the 110-vehicle fleet will likely get replaced during this year and next as they reach high mileages. As cars get replaced, he saw an opportunity to reduce costs. The city would save about $275,000 by using the new design.

Council members asked for the item to be considered at a special meeting so they can review more options along with prices.

Vice Mayor Christi Fraga said even when considering the costs, the city’s image is important to consider when designing the vehicles.

“For me, the branding of the city is really important,” she said. “I look forward to what options they bring forward.”

The Council will also consider an ordinance outlining procedures for the recently-changed regular meeting process.

Whereas regular monthly meetings used to start at 6 p.m. and typically ran late into the evening, now the meetings are supposed to be split into morning and evening sessions. But in the council’s first meeting under the new system, the morning session ran almost until the beginning of what became a long evening session, resulting a 13-hour day.

On Wednesday, the council will finalize which portions of the agenda will be taken up at each session.

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