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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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/articleid/3766218/1/pictures/1982418">Photo - Mike White, Norman’s fleet manager, climbs into the cab of a 1988 Chevrolet wrecker, just one of the 550-plus vehicles the city owns and operates.
Mike White, Norman’s fleet manager, climbs into the cab of a 1988 Chevrolet wrecker, just one of the 550-plus vehicles the city owns and operates.

The city's fleet includes everything from police patrol cars to fire trucks, trash trucks and backhoes. The average age of the vehicles is 9.9 years, but some are 30 to 35 years old, and others are brand-new, O'Leary said.

About 70 vehicles need replacing because of age or condition, he said. The budget does not allow for replacing them all at once.

At times, O'Leary said, “we're one accident away from being able to pick up trash, and that's not a good situation to be in. We feel like we can use a fresh pair of eyes to look at our operation and look at how we can go into the future in a more cost-effective way.”

Mercury Associates is considered an expert in the field, he said. The company said an in-depth analysis will take about 16 weeks.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
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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