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Deal for new Guntersville police boat could be sunk

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A bargain of a deal for a new Guntersville police boat could be sunk.

The boat would be mostly paid for by the feds but the city isn't coming up with its share of the cost.

The council tabled the vote last month, then later tabled it indefinitely.

The half-million dollar boat is expected to cost the city around $40,000 in matching funds, roughly the cost of a new bass boat. The boat would be equipped with hazardous materials detection to protect the city which has been named a port city.

Chief Jim Peterson has said it would also be beneficial in that it would also be used for basic police functions including search and rescue.

Peterson has said the boat would be available 24 hours a day, seven days a weeks.

Currently, it's not on Monday night's agenda and there is no word on when it will be discussed again.

Chief Peterson said last month that just a few months remain before the grant would expire.

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