Town awaits new vehicles

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The town of Mount Olive expects to add 10 new vehicles to its fleet in mid-July as part of a lease management agreement.

The police department will receive four new Dodge Durango SUVs. The department normally receives Dodge Chargers, but the Chrysler Corporation will not manufacture those vehicles again until 2021.

The public works department will receive six new vehicles.

Three years ago, the town changed the way it purchases vehicles and approved the agreement that led to 19 new vehicles within the first two years. Plans call for all 45 of the town’s vehicles to be replaced within a five-year period.

Maintenance costs are expected to decline and could save the town $30,000 annually, and approximately $300,000 over the next decade. Under the town’s old vehicle acquisition policy, used vehicles were purchased and were constantly getting repaired.

Town Manager Charles Brown said, initially, there had been some criticism about buying new vehicles, but the long-term savings in maintenance put an end to that.

A 15-passenger van purchased last year for the recreation department is also being used as a courtesy vehicle at the local airport.

The recreation department uses it for out-of-town trips for both youth and senior programs, while town commissioners use it for out-of-town meetings and business.

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