Weirton looks to purchase four vehicles

WEIRTON — The City of Weirton continues efforts to update its fleet of vehicles, with four proposed purchases recommended Thursday by the city’s Finance Committee.

The vehicle purchases — two for the Weirton Police Department, one for the Weirton Fire Department and one for the city’s Public Works Department — will go before city council for discussion at noon Tuesday.

Resolutions were presented for the purchase of one 2016 Jeep Patriot 4WD Sport SUV, unmarked police cruiser at a cost of $15,416, and one 2012 Dodge Avenger Sedan, unmarked police cruiser at a cost of $8,916.

It was noted the police vehicles, to be used by the Detective’s Division, were being purchased from Hancock County Chrysler.

“Usually we purchase from the state program so we don’t have to go to bid,” Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh said.

Finance Director Diana Smoljanovich explained the purchases were bid out by the city, and the dealership’s price was lower than through the state.

“These are replacing vehicles that are rusting out and falling apart,” Smoljanovich said, noting the purchases have been budgeted.

The committee also recommended the purchase of a 2019 Chevy Tahoe truck, 4-wheel drive, four-door to be used by the city’s fire chief. The cost for the vehicle, through the state bid, is $38,328.

Chief Jerry Shumate explained his current vehicle is a 2006 with 92,000 miles and has had numerous mechanical issues. He has proposed to keep that vehicle within the fleet to be used by city fire inspectors.

“We’ll hold onto it to do inspections,” Shumate said.

A resolution will be presented on the purchase of one 2019 2-1/2 ton dump truck for the Public Works Department, at a cost of $118,490.

“It’s a plow truck,” Public Works Director Rod Rosnick said. “It has a plow and spreader. Everything is in the package.”

Rosnick noted the cost is lower than the $140,000 which had been budgeted, as well as the bid prices of two previous years for truck purchases.

Other items to go before the Finance Committee were the acquisition of six new X26P Tasers with holsters and spare battery packs, at $6,936, for the Weirton Police Department; one HP T3500PS print/scan/copy machine for the city’s Inspections Department at $10,045; a $5,000 contribution toward the Brooke-Hancock County Veterans Memorial Park Inc.; and a contract for $4,800 with A.G. Lucas Consulting to provide services for medical and blood-borne pathogen requirements.

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