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Council parks vehicle purchases

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night opted to remove from the consent agenda a resolution that would have approved the purchase of two pickup trucks and surplusing two other trucks for the public works department. Council also tabled the purchase of vehicles for the fire department.

The action came at the urgency of Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer.

Farmer said he wanted more information regarding the condition of the vehicles that city staff wants to surplus. Farmer also had issues about the city not purchasing vehicles locally.

The public works vehicles to be replaced are a 1994 Chevrolet 3/4 ton truck and a 1995 Ford F-350 one ton. Each of the vehicles are equipped with a service body box. Stockwell wrote in a report to Council that the vehicles have been fully depreciated and have an estimated salvage value of $6,000, which could go towards the purchase of the new vehicles.

Stockwell said he will provide Council with a report of the condition of the vehicles being surplused at the April 11 meeting.

The city received four bids from dealerships for the two replacement vehicles for the public works department, three of which came from local companies C. Speck Motors, Mid-Valley Dodge and Tom Denchel Ford. The city also received a state bid from Bud Clary Chevrolet. The bids ranged from Bud Clary's low bid of $17,282 to $23,729. Stockwell made the recommendation to Council to accept the low bid from Bud Clary.

The city also received two identical bid proposals for the service body box. Stockwell recommended that Council go with the bid of $6,882 from Valley Truck.

The city also solicited bids for two fire department vehicles, one a new 2004 or 2005 fully-sized one-half ton crew cab pickup and the second a 2004 or 2005 full-sized utility vehicle. The bidders were asked to include a credit for the current 1996 Ford Explorer the fire department has in its possession.

Sunfair Chevrolet and C. Speck Motors were the only firms to submit bids to the city. Together for the two vehicles, Sunfair Chevrolet had a combined bid of roughly $49,000. C. Speck submitted a combined bid of about $56,000.

Staff recommended to Council to accept the bid from Sunfair Chevrolet due to the fact it was the low bid.

Farmer, though, wanted to see if there was a way the city could skirt the low bid issue to accept the bids of the local businesses.

"We are bound by state law to accept the low bid in this case," answered Stockwell.

No action was taken on purchasing any of the vehicles. Council will be addressing the issue at the April 11 meeting.


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