9 new vehicles for town under review

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Plans are currently calling for replacing nine more vehicles next fiscal year in the town of Mount Olive’s new vehicle replacement program initiated a year ago.

Nineteen cars have already been replaced with new 2019 models, and officials said it appears to have already reflected a savings to the town of $30,000.

The new program is with Fleet Management Enterprise, and the plans are to replace the town’s entire 48 vehicle fleet over a five-year period.

Ultimately, officials expect it all to be an estimated $300,000 maintenance expense savings over a 10-year period.

The new program was brought to the attention of the town board by District 3 Commissioner Barbara Kornegay and unanimously approved by the board.

Four of the nine vehicles expected to be replaced in the upcoming fiscal budget will go to the police department.

Dodge Chargers, the normal brand of police cruisers, will not be available for the upcoming year.

The Dodge Durango SUV is being considered in its place.

The other five vehicles will be for the town’s public works department.

The big savings is being realized through the dramatic reduction in maintenance expenses, according to Mount Olive officials.

Prior to approving participation in the new program the town was purchasing used vehicles that were continuously undergoing repairs.

Funds totaling about $150,000 were budgeted annually for maintenance expenses. That has dropped to almost zero.

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