PORTAGE | The Board of Works on Monday opened bids for a new ambulance for the city's Fire Department.
Bids included: $261,741 from Rolland Specialty Vehicle and Products, of Toledo, Ohio; $280,112 from Fire Service Inc., of St. John; and $287,322 from Lifestar Rescue, of Van Wert, Ohio.
The bids were taken under advisement. Officials had estimated the cost for a new ambulance to be $250,000.
The City Council last week approved borrowing some $1.45 million from Porter County to pay for the new ambulance and additional equipment for other departments.
The board also approved the purchase of eight new police cars through the state bidding process. The cost is estimated at $175,000 and would also be paid by funds from the county loan.
In addition, the board approved a special event request for the Portage Township Park Foundation to hold a 20-mile bicycle ride throughout the township, including on city streets. The Trek the Township event is scheduled for May 18.
Also approved was a local project agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation for improvements to Samuelson Road.
Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe said the city had received a federal grant about 10 years ago to improve Samuelson Road between Central and Portage avenues. The agreement would begin the project.
Monroe said officials are in the process of reviewing letters of interest from engineers and will work on planning for the updates this year and next year.