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Truck that sparked local bid talk on agenda





Hays city commissioners will discuss giving authorization to purchase a 1-ton utility truck at Thursday's 6:30 p.m. meeting at city hall.

Bob Moore Ford of Oklahoma City had the low bid of $40,493. Lewis Ford Lincoln of Hays' bid was next, at $40,897.

City staff's recommendation is to accept the bid.

At last week's work session, first-term Commissioner Shaun Musil questioned whether the commission should give local preference when bids are so close.

"You're $400 difference, they're local, have local employees that live in the city of Hays. They pay taxes here," Musil said. "I just think we should consider the local dealership."

Commissioner Henry Schwaller IV said other commissioners have had the same sentiment in the past.

"You're welcome to the club," he said.

Schwaller said commissioners had an obligation to get the best deal possible.

"The problem is, while these folks do pay taxes and live here, everybody pays taxes," Schwaller said. "It's our duty to get the very best product at the lowest price, so we don't have to pass on higher prices to the taxpayer."

In other business:

* Commissioners will consider approving construction bids for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Hays Dog Park.

* Commissioners will consider approving an amendment to an ordinance regarding school zones. Hays USD 489 has requested the establishment of a school zone at Westside School in the area of 12th and Walnut.

* Commissioners will consider authorization of waterline upgrades on Fort and 26th streets, and replacement of sewer line along the U.S. Highway 183 bypass.