The Town of Afton recently discussed items of business which included a new police vehicle and on the town utility building and other parcels of land which had been up for bid.
The Town of Afton received four bid proposals in relation to a new police vehicle for the town’s law enforcement department. The bids were opened and reviewed during the Aug. 11 meeting of the Afton Town Council.
Courtesy Ford submitted a bid for a 2015 F150 Pickup. The bid total was $30,439. Castle Rock submitted a bid for a 2016 Crew Cab 1500 Pickup. The bid total was $28,771. The Greiner Dealership in Casper submitted two bids for the vehicle. The first was for a 2015 F150 for a total of $26,876.
The second bid was for a Dodge 1500 Model Year 2016. The total for the second bid was $27,324.
Councilman Jerry Hansen made the motion to accept the apparent low bid of $26,876. The motion died for lack of a second. Councilman Bill Hoopes made the motion to accept the apparent low bid for the newest model year. The motion was seconded by Mayor Joel Neuenschwander. The vote on the motion was two to one, with Hoopes and Neuenschwander voting in favor and Hansen opposing.
Councilman Rick Merritt and Councilman JC Inskeep were absent from the meeting at the time of the vote.
The motion of approval of the 2016 Dodge 1500 from Greiner in Casper is contingent upon detailed review of the bid to ensure the vehicle meets the needs of the Afton Police Department.
• A public hearing on the potential sale of the utility building owned by the Town of Afton took place Tuesday, Aug. 11 as part of the regular council meeting. The Afton Council continues in its efforts to review the possibility of selling its utility building, located at 40 East Fifth Avenue.
Area residents who spoke during the public hearing expressed concern that the town could not replace the building for the sale price. Concern was also expressed that adequate storage was not available for town equipment without the utility building. Those in favor of the sale spoke about the need for the town to consolidate and make itself more efficient. Proponents of the sale also agreed that efforts should be made by the town to enhance economic development in the area.
The Afton Town Council made the decision to move forward with review and discussion in regards to the utility building. “We will consider this and do what is best for the Town of Afton,” said Mayor Joel Neuenschwander. “We have heard what has been said and will use that in our decision making process.”
The Town of Afton will not move forward with the sale of two residential lots along Doyle Child Circle. The lots have been advertised for sale as surplus property. No acceptable bids on the properties have been received by the town.