Only one bidder offered to sell the county sheriff's office three new pickups Tuesday, but the package price came in under budget, Sheriff Jerome Kramer said.
The three new pickups will arrive this summer for a net cost of $64,540.
Chairman Joe Hewgley opened the only timely bid for the pickups, from Janssen Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge of North Platte. Another bid from a dealer in Fremont arrived five minutes after the deadline, deputy county clerk Terry Heessel said.
The sheriff is trading three old cars in the deal – two Ford Crown Victorias and a 2006 Dodge Charger -- for a total of $5,000.
Hewgley thought the trade-in values would be higher and suggested selling the cars at auction, but Kramer doubted they would fetch more that way. Deputies said the Crown Vics each have 150,000 miles or more, and Kramer noted that Janssen is allotting $3,000 for the Charger.
In response to Hewgley’s question, Kramer said the package price is less money than he budgeted, and Hewgley relented. The board approved the deal, 3-0.
Kramer said the new pickups would arrive in 3-4 months.
Also, the commissioners agreed to sell some old pipe, screens and worn out pumps from a county operated gravel pit near Brady. Roads Supervisor Jerry Hitchcock said the roads department has an agreement with the property owner to clean up the area.
The iron is 25-30 yeas old, Hitchcock said.
In other business, the commissioners:
• Learned that the constitution of the cooperative UNL extension for Lincoln, McPherson and Logan counties still contains the word “cooperative.” The commissioners refused to sign the constitution without the word being included.
• Discussed selling two lots of land in the southeast part of Brady. The land is inaccessible by road. Neighboring property owners Tammie and Sam Taullie asked the county if they could buy the lots. The county must hold a public hearing and advertise the lots for sale, according to state law, Deputy County Attorney Joe Wright said.
• Officially terminated the jail booking system by Archonix Systems. The system has been replaced with a less costly system.
• Approved a special liquor permit for the Cattlemen’s Ball that will be held near Sutherland on June 7-9.
• Agreed to hire Weathercraft Roofing to repair the roof of the Department of Motor Vehicles building for $10,438.