Three bids were awarded Friday at the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. Together they totaled almost $1 million.

The largest bid awarded was for a rescue engine for the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory for $672,774. The fire territory board approved it at its meeting Tuesday.

Fire Chief Mike Wilson said the vehicle is a Smeal/Spartan “CORE,” a custom rescue engine, and will replace the current 2008 Pierce Squad 13-4. It will be stationed at station No. 3 on the south side of the fire territory.

It is being purchased through Sourcewell, an approved bidding agency the city has used in the past. Wilson said city engineer James Emans and attorneys representing the city and fire territory have reviewed it.

For 2019, a total of $750,000 was budgeted for a new rescue engine. With all the discounts, about $78,000 was saved on the fire truck.

“It is a rescue pumper that is designed for not only fighting fire, but it’s also going to carry rescue equipment. The importance of that is that it’s going to be working the south side of the territory, so it’s got apparatus for fire fighting and it has equipment for vehicle rescue, JAWS. All of that will be transferred over,” Wilson said.

The 2008 Pierce Squad engine will become the reserve backup engine. “We’re not actually trading it in, we’re keeping it as part of our inventory for your backup engine,” Wilson said.

It will take about 420 days for the rescue engine to be built and delivered.

The first bid awarded at the meeting was for four 2020 Ford Interceptor Utility all-wheel-drive vehicles for the Warsaw Police Department. Kerlin Ford in Silver Lake will provide the vehicles for $140,757.72.

Three sealed quotes were opened at the June 21 Board of Works meeting. The other two were from B-Town’s Community Ford Lincoln from Bloomington for $140,633 with an option of delivery of the vehicles for $80 per vehicle; and Rice Ford in Warsaw for $142,560.

Police Chief Scott Whitaker said, “The local preference was recognized, or asked for, requested by, two of our local Ford dealerships, which is Rice Ford and Kerlin Motor.”

He said all three quotes were fairly close together.

“Factor in the 1% local preference, Kerlin Motor does beat out Bloomington Ford because they’re not in the city and eligible for the local preference,” Whitaker said, recommending Kerlin.

Mayor Joe Thallemer said by state statue, “We’re allowed to give any county bidder, extend a 1% local preference. We will pay the amount that was on the bid, but for securing the bid and awarding the bid, local bidders within the county are allowed to subtract 1% off of their total bid for competitive purposes. Again, that’s something we’ve started the last couple of years we’ve done this, following the state statue to the T. We offer that 1% to the local, they have to accept it and then we’re allowed to deduct it.”

George Clemens, board member, said there’s merit to doing business locally.

Whitaker noted that when the police department has a Ford that needs serviced, and the department’s mechanic can’t attend to it, it’s taken to Rice Ford.

The third bid awarded was for the parks department’s Lucerne Park amphitheater reconstruction project. The sole bid, which was opened June 21, was from Roche Constructors Inc. for $208,700.

Senior Planner Justin Taylor and Emans have been working on the bid process for the project.

Taylor said the bid came in a little higher than the project costs that had been set aside. With that in mind, they met with Roche to see if they could reduce the project scope enough to make it feasible to move forward with the project this year. It is hoped the project could be “finished in successive years,” Taylor said.

The Board of Works approved the $208,700 bid and contract with Roche, but then also approved a change order for the project of eliminating the top two rows of seating, reducing the project scope to $166,751.

Thallemer said he and Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer talked earlier this week.

“Eliminating a couple of rows does minimize or reduce seating somewhat, but lawn chairs can be put along that top row so temporary seating is always available,” Thallemer said.

Plummer said, “And our seating actually will be the same or similar to what we had out there before, but we’ll have that option to increase it in the future, and like Joe said we can put lawn chairs, like we do at Central Park, out there as well. I feel very good about it.”