The Municipal Services Department, Stormwater Division budgeted for two new street sweepers this fiscal year. The sweepers are required to maintain water quality and abide by the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by the state. The sweepers are new to the fleet as the City does not currently own any functioning sweepers.
The original budget included the lease of two sweepers. It is being recommended that the sweepers be purchased outright to save the interest and legal review fees (approximately $40,000). The difference in lease vs. purchase cost will be paid for from the fund balance.
The vendor providing the truck, Red Equipment, LLC, provided a quote based on Sourcewell national cooperative contract #122017-AMI/VEC. Purchases under cooperative agreements are authorized by Section 8.06.004, Paragraph 5, of the Independence City Code, which states that when cooperative bids or contracts are used, they will first have been established pursuant to generally accepted governmental purchasing practices and the competitive bidding process.