The Chariton City Council discussed and approved by resolution the purchase of a new truck for the Chariton Street Department at the Feb. 1 city council meeting.

The council approved to purchase a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 from Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny for $32,655. The Chevrolet Silverado includes extra items such as running boards, an outside light kit, mud flaps, and bed liner.

The council had already approved the purchase of a 2020 Ford F150 4 x 4 Crew from Chariton Ford at their Dec. 21 meeting for $32,900. The Ford F150 from Chariton Ford didn’t include the extra items that the Chevrolet Silverado does, but it was decided to put the extra items on the truck from Chariton Ford at the Dec. 21 council meeting.

However, Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said at the Feb. 1 meeting that Chariton Ford was not able to get a truck due to the fact that production was limited in 2020 due to COVID-19. Therefore, the purchase of a new truck for the Chariton Street Department was brought up again before the council.

“Chariton Ford has been looking for a truck for us since after the holidays, but they weren’t able to find the truck we needed due to a decrease in manufacturing due to COVID-19. They tried very hard to locate one,” Liegois said at the meeting.

A total of $43,000 has been budgeted for the purchase of the new vehicle for the Chariton Street Department.