Routt County Sheriff's Office has 4 new pickups on the way

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— When the Routt County Sheriff’s Office takes delivery of four new Dodge Ram quad cab trucks from Steamboat Motors in a few weeks, bed toppers from the Truck Stop in Steamboat Springs will be waiting for them.

The four pickups are among seven vehicles, including three new 2014 Ford Explorer police interceptors with a combined purchase price of $179,852, that the county ordered for the Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 25. The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve purchase of the four toppers for the pickups for $8,860. The county also is working on a vehicle order for the Road and Bridge Department.

The pickups include two for the Sheriff’s Office investigators, who previously used 2007 and 2008 Ford Expeditions. They sometimes need more cargo space to retrieve evidence. Two others will replace the smaller 2008 Ford Ranger pickups currently used by animal control officers. Ford no longer manufactures the Rangers.

The county also will spend $77,895 with a Front Range company, Avtech, to equip the interceptors and Dodge Rams with law enforcement equipment such as light bars and radios to replace equipment on the older vehicles that no longer is functional or appropriate.

The total cost of purchasing and equipping the seven vehicles, including the toppers, is $266,607.

Commissioner Doug Monger said Tuesday that Routt County tries to work with local suppliers but does not have a policy to that effect. In this case, he added, Steamboat Motors was the low bidder among seven potential suppliers.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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