County opens bid for new fire truck

Sublette County Commissioners

opened the lone bid for a new

fire truck at their March 5 meeting, but it

could be as long as a year before the custom-

built vehicle arrives.

Commission Chairman David Burnett

and commissioners Mack Rawhouser,

Tom Noble and Doug Vickrey were in attendance

at the meeting. Commissioner Joel

Bousman was absent from the meeting.

Pierce Manufacturing was the sole bidder

for a new firefighting apparatus for a

cost of $787,881. The company offered a

$13,942 discount if the county prepays 50

percent of the vehicle in advance and that

incentive increases to $20,934 if the county

pays 100 percent before receiving the vehicle.

Sublette County Unified Fire Chief Shad

Cooper said he planned to review the bid

document and was going to come back to

commissioners with a recommendation to

accept or reject the bid.

The county received a $360,000 grant

from the State Lands Investment Board for

the truck. In addition, the county should be

able to receive $100,000 when selling the

used vehicle.

Depending on the use and number of

calls, the new truck should be in service for

20 to 30 years, Cooper said.

The new truck will have advanced firefighting

equipment that will mean more

training for the department’s volunteers,

Cooper said.

Cooper said he included in the bid document

a $100-per-day penalty if the company

did not deliver the vehicle in 365 days.

The lengthy delivery time is due to specific

criteria in the bid package that are unique

to needs for Sublette County, Cooper said,

such as the ability to drive to remote areas.

He predicted that was also the reason more

companies did not submit bids.

In other actions:

• Commissioners went into a closed

executive session to discuss litigation. Attorney

John McKinley participated in the

session by telephone with County Attorney

Mike Crosson and Deputy County Attorney

Matt Gaffney. In the past, McKinley

has advised the board of commissioners on

the ongoing bankruptcy by Vanguard Engineering

and Oilfield Services.

• Rep. Albert Sommers, House District

20, gave an update on the legislative session.

He said 503 bills were submitted and

214 became law.

• A bid for a backup generator at the

Sublette County landfill was approved.

Supervisor Billy Pape said the numerous

ravens at the facility often create power

outages and the doors to the facility do not

open without power.


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