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WILKES-BARRE – After years of awarding the fuel oil contract without a bid, the city did an about-face and sought vendors.

The provider hasn't changed, however, and Petroleum Service Co. of South Main Street is in line to get the contract to provide approximately 104,000 gallons of fuel this year for the city fleet.

City Council is expected to vote tonight and accept the proposal submitted by the company to provide gasoline at a price of $2.95 a gallon and $3.30 for diesel fuel. The city is exempt from paying fuel taxes.

Drew McLaughlin, the city's administrative coordinator, said PSC was the sole bidder and has provided the fuel in the past as a professional service.

The bid was prepared and solicited for this year based on a recommendation from the city's auditors, McLaughlin said Wednesday. Parente Beard finished the 2011 audit last year, he said.

A call to Richard A. Rose Jr., president of PSC, was not returned Wednesday.

Bids were due at City Hall by Dec. 24 and opened and read aloud that day.

The bid specifications also called for bulk motor oil, lubricants, transmission fluid and anti-freeze among other automotive products. It also required on/off road emergency fueling, around-the-clock response within an hour or less of the call to fuel the city's Department of Public Works and emergency vehicles and a secondary emergency pumping station.

Those are all services that the city does require, McLaughlin said. During the three-alarm fire that destroyed an abandoned industrial complex on Courtright Street in 2005 the city's fire apparatus were refueled on site, he said.

The PSC pumps on South Main Street are within a short driving distance in the event the DPW pumps on North Pennsylvania Avenue become inoperable, he added.

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