Local dealers contend county truck purchases

Jason McGrannEditor

ADEL – Representatives from Shottenkirk Chevrolet and Stivers Ford Lincoln of Waukee used the open forum to question the Dallas County Board of Supervisors about the purchase of two pickup trucks from a car dealer located outside of the county.

Last week, the supervisors approved resolution 2015-0013 for the purchases of a Chevy Silverado 4wd truck for $31,032 and a Chevy Colorado 4wd truck for $27,022 from Bob Brown Chevy of Urbandale.

The purchase request came from the Dallas County Secondary Roads Department to replace trucks that were over 10 years old.

The local representatives said they did not have an opportunity to submit a bid and wanted to know the steps to be given an opportunity to compete for the county’s business.

According to the Operations Administrator Connie Kinnard, the county’s financial policy states that each department should seek competitive bids for all purchases.

However, law states that the County is not required to open up the bid process if the item is under $100,000.

The Shottenkirk employee stated that local dealerships pay substantial taxes to the county’s infrastructure and should be given a bid preference. He added that the county not purchasing vehicles from local dealers implies that they have high prices or bad service and sets a bad example.

The supervisors agreed to review the financial policy going forward and urged the dealers to form relationships with the roads department, sheriff’s office, and conservation department.