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
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 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.