The Phelps County Commission on Tuesday morning approved gas and diesel bids for the county sheriff’s department.
Commissioners approved awarding the bids to 63 Fuel Stop for the Edgar Springs area, MFA Oil for diesel and the ExxonMobil Fleet cards for the sheriff’s department.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, the commission opened the bids. Four vendors submitted bids — 63 Fuel Stop, MotoMart, MFA Oil and ExxonMobil. The commission wanted to consult with the sheriff’s office before awarding the bids.
63 Fuel Stop submitted a bid of 4 cents off the posted price for gas and 7 cents off the posted price for diesel. MFA Oil submitted a bid of 6 cents under the posted price for gas and 5 cents under the posted price for diesel. The sheriff’s department’s bids also included a free car wash from ExxonMobil for patrol cars if the sheriff’s deputy is in uniform.
Last Thursday, commissioners unanimously awarded gas and diesel bids for the road department to MFA for the St. James and Rolla areas and 63 Fuel Stop for the Edgar Springs area.
The commission also approved a request from the sheriff’s department Tuesday for a new 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe full-drive vehicle from Fairground Auto Plaza in Rolla for $33,347.
While the local bid is above the state bid of $33,062, it is within 3 percent of the state bid, so the commission can approve the bid from the local vendor. It was noted that the state bid did not include a shipping cost, so if that cost was added on, it may be higher than the local bid from Fairground Auto Plaza.
Phelps County also was awarded a grant for the Tough on Trash program in the amount of $11,650.80, the same amount that the commission requested. In order to receive the funds, a county representative must attend a grant workshop later this year.
“This has been a home run. It’s been a good thing,” said Presiding Commission Randy Verkamp of the Tough on Trash program.