Tuesday, Dec. 21


City buys new car and hot diggity camera

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[DEC. 21, 2004]  City building and safety officer Les Last will soon be driving in more safety again. The city has agreed to purchase a new Dodge SXT to replace a failing older car. A variety of new and previously owned vehicle bids were opened last week.

The lowest bid was for a 2004 Dodge Stratus SE, but comparing it with the 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT and 2005 Ford Taurus, the 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT for $12,848 from Row Motors was recommended by Alderman Patrick Madigan. He said that the added seven-year power train warranty, in addition to the standard three-year, 36,000-mile warranty that other bids offered, is what made this the preferred vehicle.

Alderman Dave Armbrust asked Last how much he will be driving the vehicle.

Last said around 6,000 miles per year.

He test drove both the Taurus and the Stratus. "Either would be fine with me," he said.

Armbrust said that he himself is a low-mileage driver and would opt for the previously owned vehicle at $10,500, which still has two years left on its warranty and low mileage.

Madigan said that the vehicle will be used more for city driving, and in-city driving is harder on the transmission.

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The purchase of the newer vehicle with more warranties passed 8-1-1, with Armbrust voting "no" and Alderman Kathy Horn abstaining due to conflict of interest.

"Merry Christmas!" aldermen wished Last.

AEC of Springfield won the bid for the purchase of a new thermal imaging camera for $12,848. The company was the lowest bidder and they also met specs. The camera will be the property of the city fire department and is used in situations where vision is distorted or blocked by smoke. Its use saves lives.

The council approved renewing the city's risk management insurance, which is provided through Roger Garrett and Associates. Insurance chairman Marty Neitzel recommended the three-year contract at $12,300, paid in $4,100 per year increments, which reviews and recommends property, casualty and employee health benefits. The insurance had a 5 percent increase. However, the company is doing more work for the money, reviewing more areas.

[Jan Youngquist]

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