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August 6, 2012

County Commission takes bids for vehicles

Bids to be added to next agenda

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners opened bids Monday for outfitting vehicles for the sheriff’s department.

The 2012/2013 vehicles up for bid include Dodge Chargers, a Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Caprice and a Dodge Durango.

The Dodge Chargers were put up for bid apart from the other new vehicles.

The commissioners asked why the vehicles were put up for bid separately.

“Different vehicles require different equipment.” Payne County Sheriff R.B. Hauf said.

Hauf said the components of outfitting a vehicle include a console that houses the radio, scanner and attached flashlight, a light bar on top of the vehicle, red lights on the front and rear of the vehicle, antennas for the radio and scanner, prisoner partition, police sirens and controllers and push bars that include the siren speakers and auxiliary lights on the front of the vehicle.

There were two bids on the Dodge Chargers. Fleet Distributors Express, Tulsa, bid $5,828.18 per car and said it would take two weeks to acquire the necessary parts and two to three days per car to outfit the vehicles. John Vance Auto Group, Guthrie, bid $7,712.72 on each car and said it would take two days to complete each vehicle upon receipt of the equipment.

Fleet Distributors Express also bid on the other vehicles. They bid $6,635.22 for the Ford Explorer, $6,703.41 on the Ford Expedition, $7,217.61 on the Chevrolet Tahoe, $6,459 for the Chevrolet Caprice and  $3,747.06 on the Dodge Durango. The company said it would take two to three days to outfit each vehicle.

Hauf said the bid for the Durango is lower than the other vehicles because it will not need a light bar or the prisoner partition.

“It’s more of an administrative setup,” he explained.

The sheriff said the department has not yet purchased the vehicles, but the bids will remain in effect for one fiscal year.

If the sheriff’s department does decide to purchase any of the vehicles, Hauf said they will know how much it will cost to outfit them.

After the bids had been read, Hauf requested that the bids be added to the next meeting’s agenda for evaluation. The commissioners agreed.

The commission will meet again at 9 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth St.

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