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