The Washington Parks Department will soon get a new truck to replace an aging, and increasingly unreliable, pickup.
The Washington City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new 2015 Chevrolet 1-ton truck from Modern Auto in Washington. The total cost of the truck and extra snow plow equipment is $38,843.60.
The city received two bids for the truck and extra equipment. Modern Auto’s low bid of $38,843.60 just narrowly edged out a $38,900 bid from Lou Fusz.
The new truck will replace a 1999 Dodge 4x4 pickup that has had issues this winter.
“This year it’s very important to us, but we don’t know if it’s going to start at one time or the next,” Dunkle said to the park board at the Feb. 20 meeting.
A new parks truck was in the budget for this year, but the department opted to replace the truck that was on next year’s budget. Parks Director Darren Dunkle told the council the department was originally planning to replace a 1990 1-ton Chevrolet dump truck.
With the snow plow truck becoming increasingly unreliable, Dunkle asked the council to replace it this year and replace the dump truck next year.
In the course of bidding for trucks, Dunkle said there was room in the budget to go with a bigger truck. Instead of getting another a three-quarter-ton truck, the city could afford a new one-ton truck.
The actual truck from Modern Auto will cost $27,679.60. The price goes up to $38,843.60 when all the alternates are added in.
In addition to adding snow plow equipment Dunkle also requested the truck have a flatbed.
Dunkle told the council that the flatbed option would put the bid over the $34,115 budget, but the department had $12,148 in savings from previous purchases of equipment and vehicles earlier this fiscal year, which could be applied toward this purchase.
The need for a flatbed, Dunkle said, is to take some of the burden off the lone flatbed truck in the parks fleet. The flatbed is easier for loading and getting a second one should help extend the life of the first truck.
“We don’t need that for every truck,” Dunkle said at the Feb. 24 administrations/operations meeting. “We have one now and we’re still looking to replace that down the road. If we get this one, we may be able to extend that one.”