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Error on bid, utility truck still OK'd
RUMFORD -- Despite a $3,000 mistake on a bid, selectmen Thursday again approved the purchase of a 2011 four-wheel drive, half-ton pickup to be shared among three departments.
The board voted 3-1 (Board Chairman Greg Buccina stayed with a "no" vote) to purchase the vehicle from bidder O'Connor GMC at the amended amount of $15,284, up from the $12,196 (approved at last month's meeting), of which Town Manager Carlo Puiia said was about half price with the trade-in.
The issue turned out to be that one of the two trade-in vehicles was subtracted twice from the value of the new vehicle. However, the O'Connor GMC was still $2,000 or so less than the next lowest bid.
The pickup will be used by the fire and police departments, and by Rick Kent, the code enforcement officer.
Traded will be an early 1990's pickup acquired through a drug seizure that Fire Chief Bob Chase said recently lost its rear end, and a former plow truck converted to a utility vehicle for use with fire and police that has lost its transmission and needs a new head gasket.
Selectman Brad Adley, who was absent from the meeting where the bid was approved, posed questions to both Police Chief Stacy Carter and Code Enforcement Officer Rich Kent.
Adley and Buccina attempted to seek a solution where a truck already being used by the town could be shared with the code enforcement officer.
Adley asked about a search for a vehicle through a military surplus program. Carter responded that he initially was interested in acquiring a Humvee but found it would be impractical for the department's use.
Buccina asked about using one of the trucks at the highway garage. Both Kent and Carter said the Public Works trucks are heavily used throughout the day and would not be available when needed.
Carter noted that the town is getting a good bank for its bucks with a vehicle that not only will be shared by three department, but will last a considerable amount of time as well.
Chase said the new pickup will be stored at the fire station, adding that the fire department will likely get the most use of it. Duties will include gathering gear for junior firefighters and taking needed equipment as requested to fire scenes.