Council OKs Purchase of 44 New Vehicles

In six separate resolutions, the Ann Arbor city voted at its March 4, 2013 meeting to authorize the purchase of 44 new vehicles, with a total cost of $928,499. The vehicles include police patrol cars (7), 15-passenger vans (3), 4×4 pickup trucks (6) and compact cars (6), as well as several other vehicle types, used in different city service units.

The city’s vehicles are managed through the fleet services fund, not by each individual service unit. Replacement of a vehicle is determined through a scoring system that includes age, miles/hours of service, type of service, reliability (measured by number of repair work orders), maintenance cost, and supervisor review.

The supervisor’s rating is weighted so that vehicles that have been in service for a long time or that have had one exceedingly high repair charge – but are otherwise in very good condition – are not replaced.

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]