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City facing another choice about low bid
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McMinnville officials may have to decide between lowest and best, as well as local and non-local, once again. Bids for a new lawnmower include a recommendation to accept the higher price from a local dealer over a lower price from one which is not.The city has received three bids for a new lawnmower: Scag mower from a local dealer at a cost of $9,508, and two from Manchester — John Deere mower for $8,600 and Xmark mower for $8,950.McMinnville Public Works is recommending the purchase of the Scag mower, a cost increase of $908, for use by its Urban Forestry Division in mowing areas such as ball fields, Court Square, city-owned parks, etc. “The mower we are replacing is a Scag,” said Public Works director Bill Brock in a note to Streets and Sanitation Committee members. “We use it in some extreme mowing conditions where safety to the operator and public are of concern.