Council okays new 'wheels' for City of Wayland
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — The city of Wayland will be getting new vehicles.
At the Nov. 21 city council meeting, the council approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the city’s use.
The winning bid for both vehicles came from Deery Brothers out of Iowa City. Deery Brothers bid $9,400 for a 2013 Ford F150 Supercab, which will be the city’s new gas utility vehicle. This bid does not include the option for power locks, power windows or cruise control; however, the council members decided to look into getting those options for the truck to help its resale value.
The second bid came in at $6,393 after trade for a four-door 2013 Ford F150 Supercrew for the police department.
Other bids were received from Shottenkirk for a Chevy police truck at $8,612 and a Chevy utility truck at $8,679; Deery Brothers and Mincer Ford with a Ford police truck at $7,868 and the utility truck at $9840. The council had a lot to consider with the different bids they received. “The cop truck is a pretty good deal no matter where we go,” said council member Greg Rich.
One of the concerns Mayor Brad Roth pointed out that the council needed to keep in mind when making a decision was the importance of resale value of the vehicles.
“There is one more thing that you need to consider. Ford has had a body change since 2010. Chevy is ready for one. When you go back to trade it in, the newer body style is going to be worth more money,” said Roth. “I would recommend we buy Fords from Deery Brothers. I just wouldn’t buy a Chevy because of the price.”
The council also approved sending police chief Ron Roth to a sex crimes conference in February for his continuing education credits. Roth has to have 12 hours of continuing education courses each year and says those classes make a difference in his job.
“I was really glad I had taken this gang crimes class recently, because it helped me identify gang tattoos the other night,” said Ron Roth.
The council also:
• Approved the 2011/2012 Annual Urban Renewal Report.
• Approved a building permit for Robert Pusey to install a dog fence
The next City Council meeting will be Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.