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City Wants Energy-Efficient Vehicles for Fleet

City staff wants to replace 17 vehicles for its fleet at a roughly $800,000 price tag with down-sized or more energy-efficient options. The funds are already earmarked in this year's budget.

Six pickups, an electric golf cart, and a garbage and sewer truck are some of the 17 vehicles on the $800,000 wish list for replacement in the city's fleet.

The list includes down sizing some replacements and adding others that are more energy-efficient.

Staff is asking for less than a third of the 56 vehicles slated for replacement this year at Thursday's city commission meeting. Some of the 17 have been deferred from previous years. 

Randy Moore, city division director of fleet services, wrote to the city purchasing agent:

Every unit on this list is critical to operations. Only vehicles with excessive usage were considered; high life to date maintenance costs (parts and labor), structural fatigue, high down-time and functionality were all considerations for developing this list. The need for each of the requested units was carefully examined and only the worst of the worst made this cut.

Staff said with the new purchases, they looked to "down-size" and find the "most fuel-efficient" replacement. They want to replace a handful of 10- to 12-year-old pickup trucks with ones that have ECO Boost high-efficiency engines, a nearly 10-year-old pickup with a $7,000 electric golf cart and a garbage truck with an extra six cubic yards of space, which would save fuel and tire wear in trips to the dump. 

Here are the vehicles up for replacement:

Department Vehicle Age (Years) Condition Suggested Replacement Estimated Cost Public Works, Stormwater Division  2002 Chevrolet 810 Blazer 10.7  mediocre Ford Escape $20,400 Public Works, Water Division  2001 Bobcat 331 Excavator 11.2  very poor Cat 303CR Excavator $37,600 Public Works, Water Division 2001 ACO HD Trailer 11.2 very poor Trail King TK 10 KU (flatbed trailer) $5,140 Public Works, Solid Waste 2005 CCC/Loadmaster 6.6 poor Kenworth/EZ Pack (garbage truck) $205,500 Public Works, Wastewater Division 1999 Dodge Dakota (pickup) 9.8 very poor Club Car Electric (golf cart) $7,600 Public Works, Wastewater Division 2002 Dodge 2500 Utility (pickup) 13 poor Ford F-250 Utility $25,100 Public Works, Wastewater Division 2007 lnternational Vac-Con (sewer vacuum truck) 7 poor lnternational Vactor (sewer vacuum truck) $326,100 Parks Maintenance  1992 Ford Tractor 20 very poor John Deere 3520 $20,100 Parks Maintenance 2006 Dixie Chopper Mower 6.6 poor John Deere Z-trac (Riding Mower) $14,600 Parks Maintenance 2006 Dixie Chopper Mower 6.6 poor John Deere Z-trac $14,600 Parks Maintenance 2006 Dixie Chopper Mower 6.6 poor John Deere Z-trac $14,600 Parks Maintenance 2006 Kubota RTV Utility Vehicle 6.5 poor John Deere Gator $9,300 Parks Maintenance  2006 Kubota RTV Utility Vehicle 7.2 very poor John Deere Gator $9,300 Parks Maintenance 1999 Dodge 3500 13 very poor Ford F-150 Pickup $15,100 Public Works, Facilities Maintenance 2000 Dodge 2500 Utility 12.1 mediocre Ford F-250 Utility $25,100 Public Works, Facilities Maintenance 2000 Dodge 2500 Utility 12.1 poor Ford F-250 Utility $25,100 Public Works, Engineering 2002 Dodge Dakota X-Cab 12.4 poor Ford Escape $20,400

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