Wellington City Council decides to spend more by going local

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I am sick and tired of paying more in taxes so the city can spend like drunken sailors. Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 175 weeks ago Thanks for buying local! Way to go! Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Eric Lacey · 175 weeks ago It maybe should be stated that bids I’m guessing are not apples to apples Winfield Motors is selling a Dodge and I would say Countryside is a Chevy so that’s why bid was cheaper.Glad to see council do whats right always trade local! Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 175 weeks ago May I please cast my NO vote, as well ? Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 175 weeks ago Why in the world would the IT department need a vehicle? Where I am employed, our IT department knows how to remote into all the computers, no travel required… Justification??? Report Reply 4 replies · active 175 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Vicki · 175 weeks ago Buy local also runs more in taxes on a $30K + vehicle … just one more reason we don’t buy local runs more when puchcase vehicle Report Reply 1 reply · active 175 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Yancy · 175 weeks ago Winfield isn’t local?? It’s 20 some miles…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Factfinder · 175 weeks ago Vicki, you’re paying the same amount sales tax no matter where you buy your vehicle. It doesn’t matter where you buy your vehicle. If you buy in Wichita, you pay a little less at dealership but when you get your tags you make up the difference!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down No one special · 175 weeks ago Good decision, now sell an old truck to make up the difference. Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Sheev · 175 weeks ago Good Ol boy system deeply in place . Lets keep blowing money we never had to begin with five years ago on stupid deals like this . We have two major car lots here in town and council can’t make them fight it out for the lowest cost ? Did the truck have all the amenities ? I’ll bet it does . I’d love to see the city council stop blowing money we don’t have 5 years down the road . Fix the streets first not the vehicles for pampered city employees who don’t care anyways. Report Reply 0 replies · active 175 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council decided to spend more to buy local at its meeting Tuesday. The council voted 5-1 to buy a half-ton pickup truck for the electric production department from Countryside Motors for $31,652.17.Council member Kelly Hawley cast the no vote.The lower bid was from Winfield Motors at $26,511.05.Council member Kip Etter said that while the staff has to follow policy, and go with the lower bid, the council can make the final decision to stay local in its business dealings.Etter said he realized it was a $5,000 difference, but there are more people employed, who are from Wellington with the local auto dealership than the one in Winfield. He added that service would also be easier with a vehicle bought from a local dealership.Staff members said they had followed city policy and that is why they recommended the lower bid. They got a bid past the deadline from another local vehicle dealership.The vehicle the city is getting is a truck with a four-seat cab. It will be used by the electric department, and will also be used to transport employees from job to job. Currently, city employees have to use two trucks to do that at times.The council had budgeted $34,000 for the vehicle for this year, so it is still lower than what they had already approved.The council also heard staff recommendations for a used vehicle for the IT department. They are currently using a van, which is ok for in town, but not for highway driving. The council took no action on that, and staff will continue its search for a suitable vehicle.The council also approved the purchase of a fault location system for the electric department for $10,327.75.  The purchase was budgeted and it is being bought from Sub Surface Solutions in Gretna, Neb.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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