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March 31, 2008
Update on Fleet Maintenance Consolidation
 
At its April 8 workshop, the Board will receive an update of the fleet maintenance consolidation between the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. On April 15, the Board will be asked to approve this consolidation by adopting an Interlocal Agreement. The City Council is scheduled to consider the Agreement on April 24.
 
As you may recall from previous communications, in late-2006 City and County staff began discussing consolidating fleet maintenance under the City of Charlotte. This was followed in February 2007 with a proposal from the City’s Business Support Services (BSS). After a thorough evaluation, on June 27, 2007, I concluded that the proposal was good for taxpayers, good for County departments that use vehicles to provide service, and was good for County staff employed within the fleet maintenance division of the County’s General Services Department. I communicated this conclusion to the Board and authorized the General Services Department to work with the City’s BSS to develop a formal business case, operational plan, and Interlocal Agreement.
 
The consolidation plans calls for the City to take over operations of the County’s fleet maintenance facility at 900 West 12th Street and provide maintenance services for more than 1,100 light and medium vehicles (e.g., sedans, blazers, pick-up trucks) and more than 400 pieces of small equipment. The plan also transitions all current fleet maintenance employee positions and employees to the City. In the proposed Interlocal Agreement, the County will retain ownership and responsibility for the maintenance of the facility and capital equipment at 900 West 12th Street. The target date for implementing the plan is July 1, 2008, pending approval of the Interlocal Agreement by the Charlotte City Council and Board of County Commissioners.
 
The business model and operation plan developed by the consolidation team identifies efficiencies that will reduce operating cost and staffing requirements over the first 3 years of consolidated operation. It is anticipated that these efficiency gains will reduce the County’s overall cost of maintenance by more than $700,000 over the first 3 years of the consolidation.
 
Board members with questions should email General Manager John McGillicuddy or call 704-336-2661.
 
 
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager
 
 
 
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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