McMinnville officials only received two bids out of 12 requests they sent for a new one-ton truck for the city garage. A new truck will cost $33,427.
“We sent out bid packages to 12 vendors and got back only two bids,” said McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock to city Streets and Sanitation Committee members.
The bid information requested vendors to submit their price on a 2015 one ton 4x4 cab and chassis and flat-bed dump truck. Ford of Murfreesboro submitted a bid for $33,427, while Kidd Ford’s bid was for $33,744.
Members of the committee have struggled in the past with the state’s competitive bidding process, which prevents elected officials from wastefully spending taxpayers money by requiring municipalities to offer a fair bidding process and accept the lowest and best bid from those submitted. However, some officials have a desire to purchase items locally.
Alderman Billy Wood questioned if the $317 difference would end in another struggle.
“Are we going to get into the lowest and best on this one?” Wood asked.
According to Brock the trucks are identical, except for price.
“I make a motion we approve the lowest bid,” said Alderman Jimmy Bonner.
The motion passed 2-0. Alderman Rick Barnes was absent.