Jury debates over buying truck

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury is in the market for a four-door Dodge truck, and there is a debate as to where the truck will be purchased from.

The Police Jury can purchase the truck from a Dodge dealership that agrees to the state contract price.

In the past, the Police Jury has tried its best to purchase local and purchased Dodge trucks from Frenzel Motors in Abbeville. Frenzel Motors, however, charges the Police Jury an extra three percent of the cost of the truck for going get the truck at another dealership.

If the truck cost $18,000, three percent was $540.

Now, Frenzel Motors is asking the Police Jury for five percent instead of three percent. The Jury would go from paying $540 to $900 extra for the truck.

Not all jurors were thrilled with the extra money.

“$900 here, $1,500 there,” said Juror Errol Domingues. “It is all going to add up. It is going to have be spread across the board to get some cost saving to the Police Jury.”

Police Juror Wayne Touchet said paying Frenzel Motors the extra two percent is worth it. He said if the Police Jury buys a truck in another part of the state, the jury will have to bring it to the dealership where it purchased to service it.

“Frenzel Motors goes get the truck, he services the vehicle and he is right here,” Touchet said.

Juror Dane Hebert encouraged Secretary/treasure Chris Theriot to go back to Frenzel Motors to see if they would honor the three percent increase instead of the five percent increase.

Juror Ronald Menard wanted to know if any Dodge dealership can bid for the four-door Dodge truck because he knew of a salesman in Lafayette at the Dodge dealership? The answer was yes.

A motion was passed to allow Theriot to go back to Frenzel Motors and encourage a three percent increase. Touchet voted against the motion.

The issue may be brought back up at tonight’s Police Jury committee meetings.

In other Jury business:

• The Jury approved to form a Recycling Committee made of the following members: Sandra Creswell (Keep Abbeville Beautiful), two reps from the parish schools, one or two from the Municipal Association), Attorney Paul Moresi III, Juror Dane Hebert, Theriot, Herschel David of Public Works and Ricky LeBlanc of Solid Waste.

• The Jury approved a lease for the Area I Barn with Chad Girouard for five years at a cost of $3,000 per year.

•The Jury agreed to pay half the cost, up to $20,000, for a new chassis for the Meaux/Nunez Fire Station’s mini-pumper with the fire station paying the balance of the cost.

• The Jury hired Betty Broussard as a part-time employee at the Health Unit for six months.

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