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St. Peters opts for Columbia-based auto dealership for purchase of 11 new vehicles

By: Brian Flinchpaugh


By taking action before Jan. 1, St. Peters saved some money in buying a significant number of police cars.

At its Dec. 21 meeting, the city’s Board of Aldermen approved buying 11 new police vehicles. The purchase of the new police interceptor utility SUV vehicles for $310,233 from Columbia, Missouri-based Joe Machens’ Ford Lincoln dealerships actually was cheaper than the original price tag could have been.

The city bought the vehicles as replacements for 11 police vehicles at the end of their design lives and had included $322,000 in the city’s 2018 fiscal year budget for the purchase.

City staff, however, noted some good news to the board in a memorandum drafted for a board work session immediately before the regular aldermanic meeting. That news indicated that Machens would provide the vehicles at $1,153 less per vehicle than the low bid vendor on a statewide bidding process. Dave Kuppler, the city’s manager of health and environmental services, said other dealers contacted in the city could not match that price.

By acting on the bids before Jan. 1, the city also avoided a 2- to 3-percent anticipated cost increase. The board voted 8-0 to approved Machens’ bid.

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