City loses out on Kamloops truck

Maybe the third time will be the charm.

The City of Salmon Arm will be putting out a request for quotations to buy a 4x4 half-ton pickup truck.

This will be the third time the city has put out an RFQ on this purchase.

At its March 24 regular meeting, council gave staff approval to purchase a truck from a Kamloops dealership. While a local dealership had offered a truck at a lower price, the quotations included estimated fuel costs over 200,000 kilometres, which gave the Kamloops vehicle the economic edge.

Last Monday, however, council learned the Kamloops dealership had to withdraw its bid as the city had missed the April 1 order deadline for the 2014 model.

“We now are in a situation where we can re-tender this, and that is what staff feels is probably in the best interest,” commented city engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen.

Council’s approval was sought to send out a new request for quotations that would once again take into account long-term fuel costs. But Coun. Alan Harrison asked that it first be amended so that the RFQ be based solely on purchase price. He argued there are many variables that can affect value, and this “muddies the RFQ” process.

Couns. Chad Eliason and Denise Reimer supported the amendment, but suggested a policy is needed in order to move the city towards a “cleaner fleet” of vehicles.

Only Mayor Nancy Cooper opposed the amendment, explaining this vehicle would be used daily to move people and small equipment, “so looking at fuel efficiency in this particular case I think is very relevant.”

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