Thursday, June 10, 2004

Police bikes for a buck



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Clermont County Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg announces a deal Wednesday to lease two new motorcycles from Eastgate Harley-Davidson for $1 a year. A group of private individuals, community groups and businesses donated $11,000 to equip the bikes.
Leasing shiny new Harleys for $1 a year? Not a bad deal for the taxpayers of Clermont County, said Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg, who unveiled the county's new motorcycle patrol Wednesday at the Eastgate Harley-Davidson dealership. Harley-Davidson donated the $16,000 motorcycles, and local veterans groups, businesses and individuals tossed in $11,000 to equip the motorcycles and two officers with police gear.

"These will be a community relations magnet," Rodenberg said, pulling a dollar bill from his wallet to pay the Harley dealership. "And we got all this without spending one penny of taxpayer dollars."

Reid Forgrave




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