The traffic division of the city’s Public Works Department needed a pretty specific piece of equipment — a 3/4-ton, walk-in cargo van.
So, it did what the city usually does: solicited bids from the area with a seven-page list of requirements. Except no one replied with a proposal by the Oct. 5 due date.
Then, city documents say, the city’s Mercedes dealership stepped in with a proposal it intended to submit — but failed to do on time.
Normally, late bids aren’t accepted. But, again, this is a pretty specific piece of equipment.
Mercedes’ quoted price? $44,899. The money to pay for the van comes from the city’s parking meter fund. Yep, your spare change.
The City Council unanimously approved the expenditure last week.
By the way, the estimated build price for a basic version of the same cargo van, according to Mercedes, is
$36,290 $38,645 (The last price listed was for a slightly shorter model with roof clearance that didn’t quite meet city specifications). The city also asked for a couple of upgrades.
We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s newspaper.