DELCAMBRE — The Delcambre Board of Aldermen approved an engine change for a Delcambre Police vehicle, pending the paperwork needed to meet the board’s criteria.

Officer Ivan Mcintyre said the department suffered a loss of one of their units after an engine burned out this past weekend. Chief James Broussard was going to ask for a budget amendment to fix the issue but was not present at the meeting.

The cost to replace the engine for the vehicle was approximated at $900 for a used motor and $2,000 for the labor cost involved.

The DPD is currently down to one unit that is being used 24 hours a day.

“We’re down to one unit, but it’s not safe to drive. It has several electrical issues,” Mcintyre said.

The board deliberated purchasing a brand new motor for $5,400, but deemed it to be too expensive.

Board members agreed that going with the cheapest option was the best route. However, there was some worry that the cost to fix the issue would be larger than the estimated $3,000.

Alderman Bryan Glatter made a motion to approve the budget amendment provided that the actual quote for the repair fits the allotted budget. The motion passed unanimously.

“We’re using one unit 24 hours a day that’s previously had issues,” Mcintyre said. “We need to start looking at another one.”

In other business, Delcambre Fire Chief Brock Benoit announced to the board that the department would be attending a conference.

“I’ve got five going to August 7, 8, 9 and 10,” Benoit said. “It’s a yearly thing with the Louisiana State Fire Association.”

The $961 to attend was already budgeted and provides training to the firefighters. The chief said Iberia Parish Fire District No. 1 would be covering Delcambre while they were away.”

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