Council to consider awarding equipment bids

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.