After vendor issues, city receives OK to purchase truck

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The Crawfordsville Street Department will soon add a new pickup truck to its fleet after running into issues with the vendor.

The city received authorization from the Board of Public Works and Safety for the special purchase of a 2021 three-quarter ton pickup truck from York Chrysler, for a higher price than originally approved.

Bids for the truck were opened at the end of March. York came in as the lowest responsive and responsible bidder and received the bid in the amount of $30,750.

Citing supply chain issues, the dealership later told the city it could no longer honor the original bid and requested a change order of just over $14,000, which the board also approved Wednesday. That brings the total cost to more than $44,700.

The second-lowest bidder, Etter Ford, withdrew its bid, citing the supply chain.

“I do not like it,” Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said, adding, “we’re not going to be able to get the truck anywhere else.”

The resolution also declares that York failed to perform as a “responsible bidder” under state law, meaning that it couldn’t demonstrate the ability to carry out the contract’s requirements.

The city may take that into consideration when awarding future bids.

State law requires governments to award bids for equipment and supplies to the lowest bidder who complies with the requests made in the bid invitation and shows they’ve successfully done the work in the past.

In other business:

• The board learned that Dec. 19 will be the last day of the season for the Rodney L. Jenkins Memorial Yard Waste Site. Residents are asked to set out the rest of their leaves by Dec. 12 to allow the street department to make a final pickup route that week.

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