Portage can soon buy new ambulance, squad cars
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent March 11, 2013 2:31PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 11:12PM
The Portage Fire Department expects to receive a new ambulance by the end of 2013 now that the Portage Board of Works opened three bids for a new one Monday morning.
Rolland Specialty Vehicle and Products of Toledo, Ohio had the apparent lowest bid price of $261,741 for an American Emergency Vehicles ambulance. Fire Service, Inc, of St. John submitted a bid of $280,112 for a Road Rescue ambulance. Life Star Rescue, of Van Wert, Ohio, submitted the highest bid of $287,322 for a Braun ambulance.
All ambulances will be built using a Freightliner truck chassis. The winning bidder will be identified and awarded a contract at the next Board of Works meeting. The contract award will be contingent on Porter County purchasing a $1.5 million city of Portage equipment bond approved by the city council last week.
The Board of Works approved the purchase of eight new Dodge Interceptor police cars through the state purchase program. This purchase is also contingent on the bond purchase by the county.
The board approved a local project agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation to proceed with the design work that will ultimately result in the replacement of the one-lane bridge on Samuelson Road. U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Merrillville, assisted in securing federal funding for this project 10 years ago.
Park Superintendent Jenny Orsburn presented for board approval a letter authorizing an extension of four years for the current agreement between Portage and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The city manages the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk park unit of the National Lakeshore.