County roads department wants to replace two trucks
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Looking at the bids opened on Tuesday morning, the Henry County Engineer’s department will spend $40,000 to $48,000 on two pick-up trucks.
The engineer’s department is looking to purchase two trucks in upcoming months. The superintendent’s truck will be purchased before July 1, as a part of the fiscal year 2013 budget. The engineer’s truck will be purchased after July 1, as a part of the fiscal year 2014 budget.
There were six bids from two different companies opened during County Engineer Bill Belzer’s weekly update to the board of supervisors on Tuesday morning.
For the superintendent’s truck, Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny bid a Chevy Silverado for $23,532 with a $2,250 trade in allowance. Shottenkirk of Mt. Pleasant submitted bids for two different Chevy 1500 extended cab trucks. The first bid was for $27,853 and the second — with a max trailer package — was $30,502. Both bids had a $4,000 trade in allowance.
For the engineer’s truck, Karl Chevrolet bid a Chevy Silverado for $23,532 with a $2,250 trade in allowance. Shottenkirk submitted two — a Chevy 1500 extended cab for $27,660 and a Dodge for $23,265. There was a $5,000 trade in allowance on each bid.
At this point, Karl Chevrolet appears to have the low bid for the superintendent’s truck, and Shottenkirk has the low bid with the Dodge for the engineer’s truck. However, the engineer’s department will be looking more closely at the bids before making a decision.
“They sent us some information, so we’ll have to do some reading,” said Jelen McCall, office manager for the engineer’s department.
In other business the supervisors:
• Approved Chairman Gary See to sign a letter of intent indicating the county will participate in a region for mental-health design.
• Appointed Chad Brousseau to the Henry County Historic Preservation Commission.
• Presented Bill Klopfenstein with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Henry County Pioneer Cemetery Commission for his time spent on the commission. He was appointed in February 2004 and served until December 2012.
• Heard a presentation from New York Life on a voluntary whole life benefit.