Consultant will study operation of Norman's vehicle fleet

Norman City Council members have approved a contract with a consulting firm to study the most cost-effective way to operate the city's fleet of vehicles.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: March 16, 2013
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— City officials have hired a consultant to help them study the most cost-effective way to manage and maintain the city's fleet of more than 850 vehicles.

Many of the vehicles are old and in need of replacement. Couple that with rising fuel costs, and you have a budgetary nightmare, Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary said.

More vehicles are added to the fleet every year, but no new mechanics have been added in 10 years, O'Leary said.

“Frankly, we think we need some help. We can't keep going on this path,” O'Leary said.

The annual cost of maintaining the fleet is about $5 million, he said, with costs increasing every year.

City council members on Tuesday approved a $53,580 contract with Mercury Associates Inc., of Overland Park, Kan., to evaluate the fleet operation. The firm is charged with assessing the fleet division's overall effectiveness and coming up with management recommendations.

“We want a modern fleet-management operation that provides superior customer service and is also cost-effective,” O'Leary said.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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