County approves fleet replacement contract

Cascade County Commissioners approved a $250,718 contract for six small SUVs and four pickups.

The commission accepted a bid from Duval Ford LLC of Jacksonville, Fla. that includes the trade-in value for four 2004 Ford 1 Ton Flatbed 2WD pickups and one 2007 Chevy Colorado Pickup.

County Public Works opened the fleet replacement to bids and published notice in the newspaper and posted on the county website.

Sealed bids were due Nov. 27. and bids were received from Duval Ford, LLC of Jacksonville, Fla.; Bison Ford of Great Falls and City Motor Company Inc., of Great Falls.

“Staff reviewed all bids in their entirety and considered net price delivered, trade in value consideration, delivery days, specifications complied within the submittal, fuel consumption, warranty, current budget allowances, structure of fleet, structure of fleet maintenance, consideration of fleet replacement, resale value of used versus new equipment, average maintenance costs, repair, replacement, maintenance services, and our long-range economic outlook and budget,” according to the staff report, presented by Les Payne, deputy public works director.