Bids for new county cop cars rejected
By Kitty Conley email@example.com May 7, 2013 11:48AM
Updated: May 7, 2013 1:29PM
CROWN POINT — Much to the dismay of Sheriff John Buncich, the Lake County Commissioners on May 1 rejected all the bids received in April for 16 new police cars.
Commission attorney John Dull told the commissioners that the sheriff’s purchase recommendation was not in accordance with rules and regulations. The bid specifications were too manufacturer specific, Dull said. He recommended that they reject all bids and then advertise for new ones.
Commissioner Gerry Scheub of Crown Point made the motion to reject the bids that had been opened and taken under advisement at the previous meeting.
The bids that are being thrown out came in only from the following Ford dealers: Lake Shore Ford, Bloomington Ford, Art Hill Ford and Paul Heuring Ford.
Other automobile dealers in the area complained that they could not meet the specifications because the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor was the only vehicle that met the four-wheel drive requirement.
The commissioners decided next to re-advertise for 16 sheriff’s police vehicles without the four-wheel drive requirement.
Dull said that he would work with the sheriff to get the bid written to meet legal guidelines.
Buncich said, “The four-wheel drive is for officers’ safety.” He added, “The police associations highly recommend the four-wheel drive vehicles.”
The vote was 2-1 to with Commissioner Mike Repay of Hammond voting no.
This issue will come up again at the June 5 meeting.