The water department and public works department will soon each have a new truck to use.

The Nevada City Council approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford F250 4x4 truck for the water department and a 2013 Ford F150 4x4 extended cab pickup for the public works department.

Currently, the water department is using a 1998 Dodge with a utility box as one of three vehicles. Mike Neal, waste water treatment superintendent, said this vehicle is "shot" because it has high mileage and is unreliable. The new vehicle will come with a snow plow package so the department can do their own plowing at the water plant and well field, Neal said. They will also assist the city with snow removal as needed.

Five bids were submitted for a new truck, with the lowest coming from Nevada Automotive (Ames Ford) at $22,997. Neal said the dealership is no longer accepting orders for the 2013 models, which is why a 2014 model was bid.

Council approved the purchase of the 2014 Ford F250 4x4 unanimously.

An old, unreliable vehicle is also why the public works department requested a new vehicle be purchased. The department has been using a 1997 Ford Explorer that was transferred from the police department and used by the former police chief. The Explorer has 130,000 miles on it and is in need of constant repair. Neal said he won’t drive the Explorer down the highway because it is not safe.

Three bids were submitted for a 1/2 ton 4x4 extended cab pickup truck, with the lowest coming from Nevada Automotive (Ames Ford) at $23,337.

Council also unanimously approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford F150 4x4 extended cab pickup.