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CASPER, Wyo. — In minute consent agenda action Tuesday, June 6, the Casper City Council OK’d $519,985 in vehicle purchases to upgrade the city fleet.

Four of the five businesses with successful bids are from Casper, while one is based in Sheridan. One-cent sales tax money will go toward several purchases, though one vehicle is grant funded.

Approved for purchase were:

  • A new skid steer loader from Stotz Equipment of Casper for $65,350 before trade-in and $42,350 after trade-in. The loader, which replaces a 2013 model with 3,800 hours, is for unloading freight, removing snow and removing dried material that accumulates in the drying beds at the wastewater treatment plant. Honnen Equipment, Casper, bid $51,614 after trade-in and JCB 270, Ft. Collins, bid $57,500 after trade-in. The budget was $75,000. The purchase, approved in the FY23 budget, is funded by one-cent funds.
  • Three 2024 half-ton extended-cab 4×4 pickup trucks with 8-foot beds from Fremont Motors, Sheridan, for $139,332 before trades and $119,192 after trades for use by the Casper Metro Division. The new Ford F-150 trucks replace three 7-plus-year-old trucks with more than 70,000 miles. Greiner Ford, Casper, bid $124,668 after trade-ins. The city is using one-cent sales tax funds from the FY23 budget for the purchase.
  • One 2022 Peterbilt 348 water truck for $144,773 from Wyoming Machinery, Casper, for landfill dust control and fire suppression. In December, all bids for a new water truck were over $250,000 and exceeded the city budget of $140,000. The city rejected those bids and sought a used water truck with low hours/miles. Wyoming Machinery found three trucks, bidding $144,773–$168,668.     
  • One new sub-compact tractor with a loader bucket and snow pusher blade from Bobcat of Casper for $17,330 for the Casper Transit Division. The Bobcat CT 1021 purchase is an addition to the transit division fleet. Bobcat of Casper also bid $19,049 for a 1025 model. The purchase is funded by a grant.
  • A new solid waste division haul truck for $176,200. The only bid was submitted by CMI Teco of Casper for a 2025 Mack GR64 FT haul truck. It met all required specifications and was under the $240,000 budget. The haul truck will be put into the rotation of two existing trucks at solid waste that transfer all the waste from the baler to the landfill to be buried.