Plans underway to replace more town vehicles

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The town of Mount Olive plans to replace another 10 vehicles with new ones set to roll in for fiscal year 2020-21.

It will be the second round of vehicle replacements being handled by Fleet Management Enterprise.

This year, the replacement of vehicles totaled 19. A dozen are already in use, and the others that are going to the police department are expected to be in operation before the end of the summer.

The town board of commissioners approved the change in the way it replaces its motor vehicles nearly a year ago.

The contract with Fleet Management is expected to replace the town’s entire motor vehicle fleet of 49 older models with new vehicles over a 3-year period.

Town officials say the replacement will help them save money in vehicle maintenance costs.

Town Manager Charles Brown said his meeting with Fleet Management representatives, last week, focused on which vehicles will be replaced in 2020-21 to insure the project is included in that fiscal year’s budget.

The 19 replaced this year “has worked great,” he added.

“It is a great budgeting tool for us, because it now allows us to know exactly what it is going to cost us per month per vehicle. Previously, we never knew when a vehicle was going to break down and need a major overhaul,” Brown said. “Our department heads are pleased with it, because there are few, if any, expenses in the maintenance on a new vehicle.”

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