Woodward County Sherif Gary Stanley said high mileage is beginning to take its toll on sheriff's department vehicles.

Stanley said wear and tear from many trips across the county is beginning to make some of his vehicles "unreliable."

The sheriff said he has already had to replace a motor in one high-mileage vehicle and the motor in another vehicle is making a disconcerting noise.

Repairing these aging vehicles is also taking its toll on the department's budget, Stanley said, noting that he believes it makes more financial sense to replace the cars than continue to make repairs.

That is why he recently asked county commissioners to solicit bids for a new SUV for his department.

The commissioners opened 2 bids during their meeting Monday morning.  McKay Ford submitted a $31,715 bid for a 2012 black Expedition, while Irwin Auto Co. submitted a bid of $29,477 for a black Tahoe.

Sheriff Gary Stanley recommended the commissioners accept the lower bid from Irwin.

The Tahoe will come equipped with a 5.3L, V-8, flex fuel engine. It also has 4-wheel drive, column shifter, tow hooks, towing package, air conditioning, electric locks and doors, keyless entry, cruise control, AM/FM stereo with CD, all terrain tires and drivers side spot light.

In other business, the commissioners also approved:

• monthly report of county officers.

• a resolution authorizing the county treasurer to reimburse the county election board for extra personnel in school, municipal or special purpose district elections for the next year.

• the allocation of $9,840 of alcoholic beverage tax for June.

• a request for payment of contract funds and monthly expenditure report from Northwest Crisis Services grant.

• the renewal of cooperative agreement costing $2,400 with U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services for wildlife damage control.

• blanket purchase orders.

• a single payment of $87,809 in July for property and liability insurance for Woodward County for the upcoming year.

The commissioners also acknowledged the appointment of Robert Hunter to the County Health Department Board.

The commissioners did not implement another burn ban, citing not meeting the statues required for issuing a ban. They did, however, ask that county residents use extreme caution while using fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

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