Members of the Van Buren City Council have approved the purchase of radio equipment for the new police department at 804 Fayetteville Road.

Aldermen voted 6-0 Monday night at the monthly meeting to accept the bid of $72,498.87 from DCS Radio Communications for new radio equipment, furniture and tower for the dispatch center at the $3.6 million police department which is scheduled to open Feb. 24.

Police Chief Kenneth Bell said the computer driven radio system is the same as used by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Alma Police Department.

"We have waited to purchase the equipment until the move to the new police department," Bell said.

The council approved a $111,760.27 expenditure for asphalt from APAC Central for overlays completed on a portion of South 28th Street, the street department parking lot and several interior streets north of Butterfield Trail Middle School, including Baldwin, 12th, 14th and 15th streets.

In other business, the council:

• Adopted the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code, which establishes minimum energy standards for the design of new buildings and structures and additions to existing structures. The code will be effective in the city beginning Jan. 1.

• Approved a $100 Christmas bonus for non-elected city employees with at least one-year of service.• Adopted the 2014 revised national Electric Code, which has been adopted by the state and is in effect.