The Marshall County Commissioners discussed the purchase of vehicles for the sheriff’s department Monday morning.
Captain Daniel Butt with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department presented the request for three all-wheel drive Ford Interceptors. Oliver Ford in Plymouth turned in a state bid of $26,642 per unit and the sheriff’s department would get three vehicles. A 2009 Crown Victoria, a 2007 Ford Taurus and a 2007 Ford Fusion would be traded in for a total trade value of $7,200. The total cost of the purchase of the vehicles would be $72,726.
Auditor Penny Lukenbill cautioned that while money has been budgeted for this purchase, it could jeopardize the CAGIT Certified Shares line item in the budget with the end of the year expenses and beginning of the year expenses. She doesn’t want the fund to be short of funds in the transition of the new year.
The commissioners noted her concern and went ahead with the approval of the purchase of three new all-wheel drive Ford Interceptors for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $72,726. Commissioner Jack Roose abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest.
Commissioner Deb Griewank asked that if local dealerships did not bid, she would like to see documentation as to why they chose not to bid. She added that she wanted to make sure all dealerships had the opportunity to bid in this request and have documentation to represent that.