CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County Commissioners approved an alternative vendor for fueling county vehicles.
Commissioners discussed fuel bids and accepted an offer from MFA during their regular meeting Thursday.
MFA will now sell diesel fuel for county vehicles at 8 cents above the pipeline cost at the Scott City terminal, according to Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.
The offer includes delivering the diesel fuel "anywhere, any amount," he added. "I don't see how they can do it. Five hundred gallons, 3,000 gallons -- whatever we want."
MFA will also sell gasoline for county vehicles at 2 cents below the cost on its pumps and will issue cards for county employees to use at its filling stations.
Blumenberg said MFA typically matches the price of the lowest-priced fuel retailers in the county.
Up until now, the Delta Growers Association co-op has submitted the only bids for fuel each month -- bids which up until recently appeared to be too low for DGA to even break even, according to commissioners.
"They caught their mistake," Blumenberg speculated. "They've just been way too cheap."
Those responsible for fueling county vehicles will now carry cards from both companies, according to Blumenberg.
In other business Thursday:
* Blumenberg said the city of Wyatt has requested a few loads of blacktop to patch its streets but will also need overlays for a quarter mile.
Last year the county charged cities between 42 and 44 cents per square foot for blacktop, Blumenberg recalled.
"I know it's going to be a lot higher than last year," he said. "We need to get the cost on what asphalt is going to cost us."
Blumenberg said he will also visit Bertrand soon to view streets the city wants the county to put sealing oil on. He said the price on sealing oil has also climbed since last year.