Two of 19 new vehicles now in service

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Two of 19 new vehicles in the town’s fleet are already in service.

The move is part of a new agreement with Enterprise Holdings’ affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management that will replace all of the town’s vehicles with new ones over a five-year period.

A 2019 Chevrolet Equinox SUV is now in service for the Code Enforcement Department and a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado work truck is being assigned to the wastewater treatment plant.

Town manager Charles Brown said 17 other new vehicles should arrive and be in service by the end of July.

The goal, said the town manager, is not to have a vehicle older than five years at the end of the first five years in the program.

The town board, several months ago, approved a contract with Enterprise Fleet Management.

It is a lease/equity agreement that returns funds from the sale of the town’s vehicles back to the town.

Officials estimate the town will save thousands of dollars in maintenance costs by replacing old vehicles with new ones.

The town manager says their current fleet costs the town around $70,000 annually in vehicle maintenance expenses.

He said the new vehicles will not present a maintenance issue and reduce that budgeted amount to almost nothing.

“This is simply a win, win program for everybody,” the town manager said.

Brown said he gets an email almost every day from municipal managers around the state with an interest in this program.

The remaining 17 vehicles expected to be delivered and operational by the end of July will go to the police, public works, water, and administration departments.

The 19 retired vehicles will be sold and the revenue returned to the town.

Brown said the sale of those vehicles is expected to bring between $65,000 and $70,000.

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