State Attorney Says Sheriff Doesn't Need County Board Approval for Squad Car Purchases
The county board had a 7-7 tie at its January meeting on allowing the sheriff to move forward with the purchase of two new Tahoe vehicles. Some of their questions dealt with not advertising for bids. Wilzbach says that is not necessary in a situation like vehicles where a state bid is available that has already gone through the bidding process. He adds in other situations, bids are required on items costing $30,000 or more unless there is an emergency situation. Wilzbach also confirmed a government body is not tied to accepting the lowest bid if they have a reason for not doing so. Wilzbach plans on coming back before the full county board on Tuesday night to give the same explanation.
Meanwhile, Finance Committee Chair Terry Johnston is wondering if the county board should not include funding for major purchases in the budget. He notes the money can always be added, but can't be taken away.
The sheriff agreed with the committee to provide a correctional officer to man the security desk at the public entrance door to the courthouse during all future committee and full board meetings as a security precaution.
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