GREENFIELD — City officials are eyeing a new ambulance that would cost more than $175,600.
It’s a big purchase for the city, and Mayor Dick Pasco says he’s disappointed only one company bid on the new vehicle, making it difficult to know if it’s the best buy.
The Greenfield Board of Works Tuesday opened a bid from Indianapolis-based Donley Safety for $175,629. Fire Chief James Roberts said two other companies asked for bid packets, but Donley was the only one to submit a bid.
“It was probably a little less than what we thought,” Roberts said.
The ambulance would replace a 2001 model that Roberts says is “flat wore out.” The vehicle has more than 100,000 miles on it, but is considered a back-up ambulance to the fire territory’s two main emergency medical vehicles because of its maintenance issues.
Roberts guessed quotes for a new ambulance would be between $180,000 and $190,000. While he has yet to look over the hefty bid packet before asking the board to approve the purchase at its meeting in two weeks, Roberts said he was fairly pleased with the bid.
But Pasco wonders if other companies would have bid lower if they had just made the effort.