Council to consider awarding equipment bids

By: 
Roger Cline
Staff Writer

The Big Spring City Council will consider awarding bids on its annual financing lease package for items valued at more than $2 million at its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 307 E. Fourth St.
According to a memo to the council from Finance Director Donald Moore, included with the meeting's agenda:
"The proposals from the accompanied Request for Proposal for the annual financing lease package is currently being evaluated and scored. The amount is for $2,082,302 with five year monthly payments. This lease and amount was in the 2017-18 Adopted Budget."
The memo goes on to say that a scoring sheet, along with a recommendation from City Management, will be provided to council members at the meeting.
Items to be purchased, listed in the Request for Proposal along with their estimated cost, include:
• Four police cars, $223,028
• A Super Cab Truck 4x2 and Slide In, $30,000
• A Fire Truck, $315,000
• A Zero-Turn Mower, $10,000
• A Gator utility vehicle, $10,000
• Another utility vehicle, $10,000
• A Box-Style Ambulance, $125,000
• A Scraper 623K road work vehicle, $760,775
• A Maintainer service vehicle, $246,000
• A "One-Arm Bandit" truck, $330,000
• A Robinair 1234YF AC Machine, $6,499
• A Grasshopper Zero-Turn Mower, $16,000.
In addition to the items listed above, the council plans to consider awarding bids on two more ambulance chassis for $59,590 to Pollard Chevrolet of Big Spring. While Pollard's bid was not the lowest bid received (the lowest was $59,122 from Lake Country Chevrolet in Jasper), Big Spring Fire Department Chief Craig Ferguson recommended the Pollard bid because they are a local dealership.
"Pollard Chevrolet is not the lowest of the bids, however they are a local business and the City of Big Spring will buy from local businesses when possible," said Ferguson in a memo to the council regarding the bid recommendation.

For full information on this meeting, please see Monday's paper.

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