TRUCK PUR­CHASE PUT OFF

The Lindsay Post - - LOCAL NEWS -

Ward 7 Coun. Brian Junkin and Ward 2 Coun. Em­mett Yeo were suc­cess­ful in get­ting coun­cil to hold off on buy­ing a new pick-up truck at a cost of $24,000.

Junkin said when coun­cil struck a task force to look at fleet, the idea was to es­tab­lish a pool of older ve­hi­cles to be drawn from in the event of emer­gen­cies, rather than pur­chas­ing or leas­ing.

Man­ager fleet ser­vices Todd Bryant said they had three, very high mileage ve­hi­cles in the pool.

Ward 9 Coun. Andy Luff was wor­ried about the need for costly re­pairs or to lease a ve­hi­cle if a staff mem­ber was left with­out one be­cause of the de­ci­sion.

But Junkin said high mileage isn't nec­es­sar­ily a fac­tor. He said he drives a high mileage ve­hi­cle that does not re­quire costly re­pairs. He noted the city also had more than one ve­hi­cle to choose from in its pool. He said he also per­ceived a prob­lem with de­part­ments not will­ingly shar­ing ve­hi­cles.

CAO Mark Fisher will in­ves­ti­gate whether there is an avail­able ve­hi­cle.

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