City waives bid process for Bobcat purchase

The Craig City Council approved a request Tuesday night to waive the formal bid process on the purchase of a Bobcat for the Parks and Recreation Department because an offer on the table was impossible to refuse.

Tri-State Equipment in Craig offered to enroll the city in its Bobcat tradeout program. The program allows the city to purchase a Bobcat this year at a discounted price and then trade it in after 12 months for a new machine -- minus tires and attachments --for free and continue trading it in each year for a new Bobcat at no cost.

"It's hard to believe," Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike said.

The deal includes an extended warranty that will turn over to the next buyer after a year.

Tri-State allows a maximum of 400 hours of use for the year at no charge. Beyond 400, the city would be billed $12 an hour.

"All the departments in the city will use this and we won't come close to 400," Pike said.

He said the standards for maintenance outlined in the contract is why Tri-State can offer this deal. When returned, the machine will be good shape, not need any major repair and be fully operational. Pike estimates the Bobcat can be sold used for probably around what the city paid to buy it new.

The Council agreed to pay $24,071.48 for the Bobcat though the program. They will also purchase a 68-inch angle broom attachment for $4,120.

Other entities are already benefiting from the replacement program: Dinosaur National Monument, Browns Park Wildlife Refuge, Moffat County, Colorado Mountain College and the city of Laramie.

"You just can't beat it," Mayor Dave DeRose said.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, Ext. 210 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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