Jan 222014

By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake Public Works Department received approval from the town council last week to replace the 2000 Dodge Ram ¾-ton pickup with more than 135,000 miles on it.
Public Works Supervisor Terry Cooper explained that they need to replace this truck because of increased age, increased maintenance costs and increased travel needs of the sewer division. He further noted that the public works fleet is made up of older vehicles.
Town Manager Paul Watson recalled that when he was hired as town manager, the goal was to replace two vehicles a year. That hasn’t been done due to the economy.
Cooper said that staff requested bids from area dealerships for a 2014 ½-ton, V6, 4-wheel drive pickup and received five bids. The next to lowest was $23,227.12 from Hatch Motor Company of Snowflake, which included two years of scheduled maintenance. Cooper pointed out that it is a more convenient location for any needed warranty work and by purchasing the truck locally, the taxes stay in the community.
Other bids were $21,293.61, $26,184 and $27,377. The fifth bidder was unresponsive.
The council unanimously approved the purchase of a 2014 Dodge Ram 11500 Tradesman/Express from Hatch Motor Company.