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Trinity Dodges
Ford on state bid

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

TRINITY — Trinity Police Chief Chris McLemore said buying a patrol car through state bid paid off in more ways than one.

The Town Council received bids from three Ford dealerships but missed the delivery deadline for 2007 models by two weeks.

Not wanting to re-bid on a 2008 model, the council at its meeting Monday rejected the bids.

Among them were $22,343 from John Carpenter Ford of Moulton, $22,395 from Clint Brannen Motor Co. of Unadilla, Ga., and $22,930 from Joe Sartain Ford of Decatur.

Instead, the town bought a 2007 Dodge Charger for $20,748 on state bid from Mike Patton Auto Mall of Opelika, which the company will deliver in August.

"We knew what the state bid for the Dodge was, and the actual cost was $1,200 cheaper than last year's bid for a Ford," McLemore said.

"But in the round of bids this year, we ended up saving $1,595.25."

All municipalities must solicit bids for any item that costs $7,500 or more, but they may purchase items off the state bid list without re-bidding, McLemore said.

"Normally on a patrol car, we check state bids to see if we can get it cheaper than to have to re-bid it ourselves," he said.

"In the past, we've done our own bidding and came out better than the state bid. But it didn't work that way this time with a Dodge and a Ford."

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