FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Source published a report yesterday afternoon, Feb. 12 that the Mayor’s office has a new Ford Explorer SUV with non-government plates issued by the police department. The cost of the vehicle from Framingham Ford was in excess of $42,500, and purchased with money from the facilities department.
Source emailed the mayor’s office yesterday with several questions including: if the purchase of the vehicle was put out to bid, the cost of the vehicle, why the Mayor did not choose to use the vehicle assigned to the former Town Manager, if a city seal would be placed on the vehicle, and why the mayor did not choose to use her personal vehicle like the City of Marlborough’s mayor?
Source also asked the Mayor if she would like to explain the expense to taxpayers?
Mayors in Marlborough, Waltham, and Braintree do not have city-owned vehicles. And per the former Town Manager’s contract, he was required to surrender his black sedan, owned by the city, on or before December 31, 2017.
The following statement from the Mayor’s office was received after 4 p.m. today, Feb. 13. It was issued by Nichol Figueiredo, Public Information Officer & Webmaster and it is published as received.
Framingham, MA – It is a common practice in Massachusetts municipalities to permit employees in certain positions of responsibility to have a municipal vehicle for their official use.
Similar practice has been in place in Framingham prior to the transition to the city form of government. Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer acts in official capacity as Mayor of the City of Framingham, twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week, unless on personal, sick or vacation leave.
The Ford Explorer that was procured for the use of Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer was in compliance with M.G.L. Chapter 30B, Section 4 (a) (a) Except as permitted pursuant to this section and section 7, for the procurement of a supply or service in the amount of $10,000 or greater, but not more than $50,000, a procurement officer shall seek written quotations from no fewer than 3 persons customarily providing the supply or service. The procurement officer shall record: (1) the names and addresses of all person from whom quotations were sought, (2) the purchase description used for the procurement, (3) the names of the persons submitting quotations and (4) the date and amount of each quotation. Such information shall be retained in the file required pursuant to section 3. A governmental body may require that any procurement in an amount of not more than $50,000 be subject to section 5.
General funds were used to purchase the vehicle.
The vehicle was equipped with emergency lights and a radio as have Town Manager’s vehicles in the past for emergency situations.