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County road department gets new truck

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | May 11, 2017

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new pickup truck for the Secondary Road Department during Monday morning’s meeting.

This comes after the board discussed the idea during its last meeting, where it was decided that the new truck purchase was contingent upon the old truck going to another secondary road employee, and in turn, that truck would be used at the courthouse by the supervisors, but primarily by the courthouse maintenance employee.

The new truck, which was purchased Monday, is a 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew Cab.

“We got a bid from Fesler [Auto Mall] in town and one from Clemons [Ford Lincoln] in Ottumwa,” said supervisor Lee Dimmitt during an interview earlier in the week. “Fesler was lower, and that’s great because it’s local. We opted to purchase one from the lot instead of having one ordered.”

Dimmitt said it would have taken around 11-13 weeks to receive an ordered truck.

County engineer Scott Cline said the county was able to get a government rate from Feslers for the truck at $34,637, whereas Clemmons, whose price came in at $40,000, could not provide a government rate.

“I think the truck will serve the purpose for the county,” Cline said. “I think we got a good deal, and we appreciate Feslers for making it available to us.”

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