Dodge County Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to buy a new truck, but it wasn't the lowest bid it received.
Supervisors awarded an $81,822 bid to Nebraska Truck and Equipment of Omaha for a Mack truck tandem axle cab and chassis, and sent to bid a dump body with hydraulics and controls for the new truck.
The Mack bid was the highest of three received, but county officials said they expect a longer lifespan and more durability from the Mack.
Other bids were $71,272 from Wick Sterling Trucks of Omaha for a Western Star truck, and $74,750 from Omaha Truck Center of Omaha for a Freightliner.
“We met as a road and bridge committee this morning and discussed the bids,” Highway Superintendent Alan Doll said.
“We were interested in the Mack truck at $81,000,” he said. “We know that it’s more of a construction type truck. Seeing some of the issues with the present trucks that we are now using with the type of work we do with them and some of the vulnerabilities they have, we thought maybe it would be worth trying a Mack truck once to see if we can’t get better service life, better longevity and probably in the long run a cheaper maintenance cost and a better life expectancy out of this type of truck."
“We spent 45 minutes this morning looking at this and trying to justify why we would want to spend a little bit more on the Mack truck, and Alan hit it on the head,” added Supervisor Lon Strand, chairman of the roads committee.
“We’ve had some maintenance issues with some of our trucks, even at 3 or 4 years old, and (we’re) trying to get away from some maintenance costs and maybe get into a truck that can get us 3 or 4 years further down the road, and in doing that keep the maintenance costs down a little bit more, even though we’re spending more up front. ... We maybe need to look a little bit more long-term at some of these things, so I would support the Mack decision,” Strand said.
“The way I see it,” said Supervisor Rob George, also a member of the roads committee, “is that this is an experiment to actually find out if we can get a couple more years out of a higher end truck, and the only way we’re going to find out is to try it.”
Supervisor Terry Synovec is the other roads committee member.
Doll said the county truck fleet currently consists of an International that is being traded in, two Sterlings – of which one recently had the motor replaced – and three smaller Freightliners.
Bids for the dump body and controls will be opened on Feb. 19.
* Approved an inter-local agreements with the 14 townships defining responsibilities for road maintenance. The county has a policy that spells out county responsibilities with the townships, but there is not an inter-local agreement in place.
“It puts everything on the table, lets everybody know who exactly is required to do what, and I would hope that every one of the townships would sign it,” Doll said.
* Renewed a contingency plan for receiving people in case of a radiological incident at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station.
* Toured the Dodge County Jail with Saunders County Jail Director Bryan Styskal who said the facility, functioning in an intake and holding role, is running smoothly.
The facility typically uses one large room to hold prisoners transported from the Saunders County Jail for court in Dodge County, and another room for intake holding.
Prisoners are generally kept in Fremont for 12 hours or less before being transported to Wahoo, although there is cell space available if inclement weather delays their transfer.