Commissioners move forward with vehicle decisions

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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New Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard is up and running, but his pickup isn’t.

At his request, Wise County commissioners approved the purchase of a new pickup for the fire marshal office at their regular meeting Monday. Beard said the 2008 Chevrolet has only 53,000 miles on it, but it has broken down four times since he started May 13.

A fully-equipped, new pickup would cost approximately $38,000, and Auditor Ann McCuiston said there is enough money in payroll to cover the expense since the position was unoccupied for 12 months.

Beard said he would like to also keep the old pickup as a reserve.

“The reason I’d like to keep it is because the (new) one I’d like to go with is a half-ton, plus it will allow me to let the part-timers use it,” he said. “The (current one) would pull the emergency management trailer.”

Beard has hired part-time help so he’s not on call 24/7 and to cover for him when he’s out of town. The part-time position will likely become a full-time position in the new budget year, and the old vehicle would continue to be used by that person.

Asset Manager Diana Alexander had found a 2013 Ford F150 on BuyBoard for $25,945 without equipment, but Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White said he’d rather seek bids.

They approved seeking bids for an in-stock 2013 or 2014 model because Beard needs it as soon as possible.

In other business related to vehicles, commissioners rescinded bids for police package sports utility vehicles because Alexander was able to purchase three on BuyBoard. The three vehicles will go to the district attorney’s office, county attorney’s office and the Sheriff’s Office.

They also accepted a $92,707 bid from Fort Worth Freightliner for a 2014 truck with a roll-off hoist and tarping system. The purchase is for the Public Works Department.

Freightliner actually had the highest bid. The base price of the truck was about the same, but the company didn’t offer the county as much for the trade-in of the old vehicle.

Public Works Director Tom Goode recommended the Freightliner bid because the truck had a larger engine and two gas tanks, unlike some of the others.

“The engine and the fuel tank are the most critical deals,” Goode said. Precinct 4 Commissioner Glenn Hughes made the motion to go with the Freightliner bid.

Commissioners also:

  • approved Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays changing a part-time position into a full-time post at a cost of $7,000 for the remainder of this fiscal year;
  • accepted a donation of $158.92 from Cans for Canines to the Wise County animal shelter;
  • authorized County Clerk Sherry Lemon to appoint and accept the deputation of Morgan Gyger, deputy county clerk;
  • approved a Cooperative Data Program Participation Agreement with North Central Texas Council of Governments;
  • approved a replat for Murphree Acres, Lots 9R1-9R6, in Precinct 2;
  • approved a myriad of petroleum right-of-way and easement requests mostly from DCP Southern Hills Pipeline; and
  • accepted the letter of agreement from Snow Garrett Williams for the fiscal year 2013 audit.

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