Commissioners buy new vehicle for sheriff's office, mower for roads

Monday, March 19, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — Red Willow County commissioners Monday morning bought a new vehicle for the sheriff’s department and a new pull-type mower for the District 2 roads department.

Of three bids received for a new patrol vehicle for the sheriff’s department, the commissioners accepted the bid from Deveny Motors of McCook for a new 2018 Dodge Durango, with a list price of $25,877 and a trade-in value of $5,700 for a 2011 Dodge Charger, for a total bid of $20,177.

Sheriff Alan Kotschwar said the purchase and installation of lights will be about $5,000, and decals will cost about $1,500, making total costs for the Durango at approximately $26,677.

The sheriff said his office usually works with Prairie States Communications in Imperial for the lights and installation, but that Trevor Taylor of Video Kingdom of McCook has indicated that he is interested in also offering this service. Kotschwar said he will check with both companies.

Other bids were:

— Janssen & Sons, McCook, a 2018 Ford Explorer with police package (lights included), for $31,522, minus $3,500 for the Charger, for a total bid price of $28,022. With decaling, the cost of the Explorer would be $29,522.

— Wagner Ford, McCook, a 2018 utility with a police interceptor package, for a total bid of $27,377.

Commissioner Steve Downer made a motion, seconded by Jacque Riener, to purchase the Durango from Deveny. The vote was unanimous.

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Commissioners received two bids for a pull-type rotary mower, and accepted a bid for $22,600 from Klein’s Motor Electric for a 2018 10-foot heavy-duty Schulte heavy-duty XH1000 Series mower with 1,000 RPM, and a CV joint that, according to commissioners, provides more flexibility on the drive shaft and does not limit which tractor to which it can hitch. A right wing-gauge wheel kit will cost an additional $598, for a total bid of $23,198.

Klein’s also bid a 540-RPM Schulte mower for a total bid of $23,098.

Titan Machinery of McCook bid a new Bush Hog 4815 Series flex-wing mower for $19,350, plus an additional cost for the gauge wheel.

Earl McNutt said the county has Schulte mowers in the other two districts and have had each for 10-11 years. During about the same amount of time, Downer said, he’s had two Bush Hog mowers in District 2 — which is where the new mower will be used — and would prefer the demonstrated longevity of the Schulte mowers.

Commissioners are not required to accept the lowest bid, Riener said, but what is “in the best interest of the county.” And the Schulte mower is in the best interest of the county, Downer said.

Downer made a motion, seconded by Riener, to purchase the Schulte mower from Klein’s. The vote was unanimous.

District 2’s Bush Hog mower will be sold as surplus, McNutt said.

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