City chooses low bid for new po­lice ve­hi­cles

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD

Three bids were re­ceived by Pea Ridge city of­fi­cials to in­stall equip­ment in six new po­lice ve­hi­cles ex­pected to be re­ceived Oct. 20. Bids were opened at the Pea Ridge City Coun­cil meet­ing Tues­day, Sept. 19.

A bid from Po­lice Chief Ryan Walker was not re­ceived, though coun­cil mem­bers had ap­proved him bid­ding on the project at the Au­gust Coun­cil meet­ing. A re­quest for a home oc­cu­pa­tion from Walker to the Pea Ridge Plan­ning Com­mis­sion was tabled af­ter com­mis­sion mem­bers ques­tioned the le­gal­ity of them is­su­ing a per­mit when covenants for the sub­di­vi­sion pro­hibit home busi­ness.

When asked why he did not bid, Walker re­sponded: “My at­tor­ney said no com­ment.”

Bids were re­ceived from Tac­ti­cal Auto Out­fit­ters, Ben­tonville; Smith Two-Way, Rogers; and Su­pe­rior Auto, Siloam Springs. Ac­cord­ing to the bids, there will be three dif­fer­ent types of in­stal­la­tions — one ve­hi­cle will be out­fit­ted as a ca­nine unit, one as the cap­tain’s car and four as pa­trol units.

Bids ranged from the low of $12,119.60 from Tac­ti­cal (ca­nine pa­trol car, $2,234.90; cap­tain’s car, $1,633.10; and four pa­trol cars at $2,062.90 each); to a high of $28,465.86 from Smith Two-Way. The bid from Su­pe­rior was $1,528, slightly higher than the one from Tac­ti­cal.

Al­der­man Bob Cot­ting­ham asked why a new unit is be­ing used for the ca­nine unit. Mayor Jackie Crab­tree said spe­cial­ized locks, spe­cial­ized cool­ing and a “hot dog unit” are re­quired for the ca­nine unit.

Walker said ve­hi­cles could ei­ther be stored in Pea Ridge be­tween trans­port to the agency pro­vid­ing the ser­vice or at the agency if there was a se­cure area. He said the bids do not in­clude graph­ics which he plans to have in­stalled by Sign Stu­dio. When asked if their prices are rea­son­able, Walker said: “For the qual­ity of work, I’d say they are.

“He is hon­or­ing the price he gave us last year. I feel like that’s a good deal,” Walker said.

Al­der­man Steve Guthrie said he likes the ad­van­tage of Tac­ti­cal be­ing closer than Su­pe­rior which would les­son travel time in de­liv­er­ing ve­hi­cles.

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