Cunningham said that the van’s production is complete, and is in the possession of Countryside Ford, undergoing modification that includes a secured “cage” area for the transportation of inmates to and from detention facilities in other counties.
“I thought we might have gotten it today, but it will probably be next week,” Cunningham told The Cadiz Record during a June 30 interview.
County Judge Executive Berlin Moore broke a deadlocked vote in favor of purchasing the van through the state contract citing “time constraints” as the determining factor.
Prevented from submitting an offer on a van was Wildcat Chevrolet, represented by Manager Michael Oliver. By opting for the state contract, the fiscal court was not required to solicit bids from other entities.
Oliver said, “It would have been no problem to get a van for them. After I checked into the price, and found we could get one cheaper than the state contract, I found that Chevy had a truck pool with 32 vans in stock. The way they talked to me, it didn’t sound like cages would be a problem either. They had three kinds of cages to choose from, so it did not appear to be an issue.”
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