Mexico City Council grapples over words in vote over new police vehicles

City Council grapples over words in vote over new police vehicles
Dave Faries

The Mexico Public Safety Department is slated to receive two new patrol vehicles to replace aging cars.

Both are 2020 Dodge Durangos equipped with four wheel or all wheel drive and up to law enforcement code. Mexico’s City Council approved the purchase on Monday after reviewing bids from three dealerships.

The SUVs replace a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe that had 97,000 miles, as well as a 2011 Chevrolet Impala with 75,000 miles.

According to MPSD Major Bryce Mesko, the configuration of the Durango makes it easier for officers to operate with the equipment they carry. The department took delivery of two of the Dodge SUVs in 2019.

“The Durangos are meeting our needs,” he said.

Lou Fusz Ford in Chesterfield provided the low bid. With trade in, the cost for the two new vehicles will be $65,821 – well below the $69,000 provided for in the city’s 2020-2021 budget.
What seemed like a straightforward claim approval hit a semantic roadblock, however, when council member Chris Miller objected to the phrasing in documents presented to the board. The staff report specified the purchase of two “current production model year, 4 door 4WD/AWD SUV police package vehicles.”

Miller noted that the current model year is 2021. He urged city staff to be more precise in their language.

“I’m not opposed to the purchase,” he said. “I’m opposed to the wording.”

Miller was the lone no vote.

The city reached out to six vendors in October, including Pearl Motor Company and Auffenberg Motor Company in Mexico. They received sealed bids from Don Brown Chevrolet in St. Louis, Landmark Dodge in Independence and Lou Fusz.

Fusz’s bid was the only one to come in below $70,000.


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