Naperville Park District to drop tender for new pickup and SUV due to vehicle shortage – Chicago Tribune
Supply chain issues are forcing the Naperville Park District to forgo its bidding process if it wants to replace aging vehicles in its fleet.
Parks manager Tim Quigley told the park’s board this week that he had identified a Ford F-150 pickup truck and a Ford Police Interceptor SUV, but the board would have to approve the sale when of the October 13 meeting without going out for a competitive offer. .
He said other organizations canceled their order and the dealer knew the park district was in the market to buy the vehicles.
The pickup would cost $34,023 and the SUV $38,973.
Park commissioner Marie Todd said council discussed waiving the application process at the September 8 meeting.
“Whenever we have the opportunity to get a vehicle at that time – there are so few – I think we should just do it,” Todd said.
Board chair Mary Gibson said she was comfortable with the strategy in the challenging supply chain environment.
Quigley said the district recently contacted a local dealership to see if they would take a down payment or keep a vehicle for a limited time until funding could be secured from the park board. But the dealership was interested in moving its inventory.
The dealership with the F-150 and Interceptor available would keep them for a limited time, he said. “We felt like maybe we had to jump on them ASAP just to secure them,” Quigley said.
The district would have the Interceptor in October and the F-150 about a month later, he said.
Executive director Brad Wilson said the supply of vehicles and equipment is limited.
“It’s so hard to get the vehicles. The cooperative buying programs that we usually order vehicles from, we haven’t been able to get vehicles through those programs at this time,” he said.
His staff have been trying to find other ways to expedite some of those purchases, he said.
Forgoing tenders would be a limited short-term strategy, knowing that once supply and inventory improve, the district would revert to typical purchasing methods, Wilson said.
Quigley said waiting another year is not an option as both vehicles have been carried over from 2021 orders.
“We had eight vehicles on our 2022 list that we still keep, and that list just keeps growing every year we’re not able to complete this replacement cycle,” Quigley said.