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St. Petersburg City Council spends $229,977 on truck



The City Council battled over a $188,412 dog park this week.

But it had no problem approving a new $229,977 cement mixer truck even though the truck costs about 60 percent more than the last cement mixer truck the city purchased. The council voted to buy the truck Thursday without any public discussion.

Of five bids turned into the city, Nextran Corp. in Tampa turned in the lowest bid, said Joseph Krizen, the city's fleet operations manager.

The last time the city purchased a cement mixer in 2001 it cost $143,267. Krizen chalks the difference up to inflatation.

Does the city even need a cement mixer truck, you ask? Even though the city hires outside contractors to do most of its dirty work, Krizen said the truck is used on a daily basis for sidewalks and other maintenance.

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:34am]


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