JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council took action recently on the bidding of two trucks the city is purchasing for the city police and fire departments.
The council voted at City Hall on Monday to award a low bid of $19,520 to the Carbone Auto Group to purchase a new pickup truck for Kelly Warner, the police department's animal control officer.
Sealed written bids were opened Oct. 5 and eight bids were received, ranging from Carbone's low bid to Knight Automotive, which had bid $25,092.
Mayor Sarah Slingerland was authorized to execute a contract with Carbone for purchase of the new truck.
"This is the truck the animal control officer uses on a daily basis and very often has to transport dogs and other animals," Slingerland said.
The mayor said the previously-used truck is in bad shape.
First Ward Supervisor Cindy Lakata said it was "interesting" the five lowest bids - ranging from $19,995 to $19,520 - were within $475 of each other.
In the only other action by the council, a resolution was passed to advertise for bids for the purchase of a new utility bucket truck for the city Fire Department. Fire Chief Bruce Heberer developed and will make available bid specifications for the vehicle.
City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne was authorized to advertise for sealed written truck bids, with specifications and bid forms available in her office. Sealed bids on the fire truck will be opened at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at City Hall. The city reserves the right to reject the bids.
When Heberer first submitted capital requests to the city this summer, he estimated the utility truck may cost about $165,000.
The city is financing the animal control and fire utility trucks this year by borrowing, in a separate financial move, rather than include the purchases in the city's proposed 2013 budget. The city received such a favorable interest rate when it consolidated some debts that it allowed its departments to request small capital equipment purchases now rather than waiting.
City Treasurer Michael Gifford's office bundled several smaller borrowing packages into one large $5.9 million Bond Anticipation Note that was closed upon in late summer.
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