Umatilla County Public Health is getting two new refrigerators to store vaccines.

Public Health gives about 2,600 vaccines a year, according to Alisha Southwick, the department’s deputy director, and the refrigerators storing the vaccines are 10 years old. One refrigerator is in the clinic in Hermiston and the other is at the department’s office in Pendleton. She said the Wildhorse Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to cover the cost of the upgrade. Public Health received bids from four vendors. Southwick said, and selected two K2 Scientific models. They cost a total of $8,590, including delivery, and have the most amount of cubic feet storage. Two other vendors also offered bids below $10,000, according to a memo from Southwick, but those refrigerators were too small.

The county board voted 3-0 to approve the purchase. Commissioner Bill Elfering advised Southwick the Wildhorse Foundation requires her to give back any difference between the grant among and the actual cost. Southwick said she planned on asking the foundation if her department could spend the remaining $1,410 on new thermometers to monitor the temperatures of the refrigerators.

Commissioner George Murdock said the Wildhorse Foundation can be amendable to such requests. Murdock chairs the foundation’s board of directors.

The board also approved vehicle purchases for the public works department.

The department is getting two new 2019 Ford F-250 XL

pickups from Northside Ford Truck Sales inc., Portland, for

$28,753.64 each. Tom Fellows, public works director, told the board the pickups would replace aging vehicles for supervisors, who drive them 25,000 miles or more each year, so it makes sense to improve those from time to time.

He also explained the department has the funds in its budget and is using the statewide network of contractors to get the best deal. Without that contract, the pickups would cost more than $41,000 each.

And public works will buy three used pickups from the United State Forest Service for a total of $20,100, including $8,100 for a 2009 Ford F-250 crew cab four-wheel drive with a diesel engine and 81,797 miles. Fellows said the department also budgeted for these vehicles.

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