PORTAGE | The Board of Works on Tuesday approved purchasing two vehicles for the Fire Department.
The department will purchase an administration SUV from Lakeshore Ford of Burns Harbor for $27,900. Lakeshore Ford was one of three quotes submitted. A quote from Bloomington Dodge was disqualified because it did not bid a pursuit-rate vehicle as required. The quote from Bloomington Ford was $37,810.
Police Chief Tom Fieffer said the quote from Bloomington Ford included all necessary equipment. He added the department could purchase the necessary equipment and install it themselves for about $4,000.
Lakeshore Ford also received the contract to purchase an SUV for Joe Calhoun, the new director of administration and emergency management. The vehicle, which is less equipped, will cost $30,673.
Bloomington Ford provided a lower quote at $29,905, said Fieffer, but the Lakeshore Ford quote also included two years of maintenance and oil changes.