In a 4-to-3 vote, Grand Junction City Council approves a bid from a Fort Collins auto dealer to supply the city with 11 pick-up trucks, however, the decision came under controversy.
Council member Gregg Palmer brought the issue to light more than a month ago, when the city's purchasing department brought the initial request before council. City council voted to have the item put out to bid in order to include local dealers, however on Wednesday night, the city purchasing department recommended the trucks be bought from an out of town dealer.
Dellenbach Chevrolet in Fort Collins won the contract with a bid of $165,986, more than $2,000 less than Grand Junction dealer Fuoco Motors. Council members agreed the city should always try to spend locally to stimulate the economy, with Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill saying that while the Fuoco bid was not the lowest, their price was still under budget and the impact from the sales tax fees alone would be a benefit to the city.
Fuoco Motors owner Bob Fuoco was disappointed with the outcome, saying their were issues with the bidding process, including having a half day to prepare the bid and a change in the truck specifications.
It should noted the purchasing department did exactly what they were asked to do, by recommending the lowest bid.