WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Monday night, council members in Waterloo paused to discuss whether or not to go with a local bid that was slightly higher to replace police cars.
The city replaces several vehicles every year, planning to replace 6 cars this year. The council approved a bid out of Waukee for $210,528, over a bid from Hudson and another one from Des Moines.
“A local business lost this bid over $150 dollars or so,” said Councilman Bruce Jacobs, who started the discussion, expressed concern over not giving priority to a local dealership of new police cars.
Mayor Quentin Hart, noted the city has to be particular about this kind of investment.
“We get cars that are consistent with what we actually need,” said Hart.
City council took the low bid to buy the specialized cars.
“I totally agree with Mr. Jacobs, that I would prefer doing business with a local business person, but in light of not having all the facts, plus I think its our responsibility to go with low bid,” said Councilwoman-at-Large Sharon Juon.
Council members voted unanimously for the lowest bid, choosing not to delay because the local bid didn’t provide all the information that was intially requested.