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Casper purchasing new snowplows, excavator, pickup trucks and UTV for ~$646K

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Casper will be getting a variety of new vehicles after the Casper City Council authorized those purchases during its Tuesday, September 19 work session.

The city will be purchasing two new snowplows, a mini excavator, three new pickup trucks and a UTV. The purchase of these various vehicles will have a total cost of around $646,000.

The city will purchase two new trucks that the Streets Division will be able to use for various purposes year-round. The 58,000-pound tandem axle trucks will come with dump bodies and hydraulics, and with snowplows and salters. The city will purchase the trucks from Casper-based CMI TECO for $454,372. CMI TECO’s bid was the lowest of four bids received by the city.

The city will trade in two older trucks that the new trucks will replace. When the trucks aren’t being used for snow removal, they can be used to help collect refuse and assist with other services the Streets Division conducts.

The city will utilize one cent optional sales tax (“fifth penny”) funds for the purchase of the new trucks.

The city will also be purchasing a new compact mini excavator from Bobcat of Casper for $44,407. The excavator will be for the Parks Division to support a variety of work, including irrigation, forestry, park maintenance and athletics. The excavator will also be available to support work at Hogadon Basin Ski Area as well as Highland Cemetery.

Bobcat of Casper provided the lowest of five bids for the excavator. The city will use one cent optional sales tax dollars for the purchase.

The city will also be purchasing three new pickup trucks for the Parks Division. Those will be purchased from Greiner Motors at the cost of $111,250 before trade-ins. One cent optional sales tax dollars will be used.

Lastly, the city will be purchasing a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) from Casper-based Stotz Equipment for $35,950. That will be used by the Solid Wast Division for a variety of purposes.

Further details about the vehicle purchases are available in the city council’s work packet.