City Departments Stretching Vehicle Life

Posted: January 20, 2013 at 4:38 a.m.

Tony Anderson, left, mechanic with the Springdale Police Department, and Jeff Bohannan, fleet manager with the department, look over damage Friday to a Chevrolet Tahoe damaged in an accident. Besides external damage to the vehicle, lines leading to the rear air conditioner were pinched causing them to leak. Bohannan and Anderson drained the refrigerant from the system for safety.

Most city employees won’t be driving spiffy new vehicles for a while. Officials have tried to avoid purchasing vehicles — except for the Police and Fire departments — during the economic downturn, said Mayor Doug Sprouse.

By The Numbers

Springdale Vehicles

Police: 135

Public Works: 58

Fire: 37

Parks and Recreation: 16

Buildings: 10

Animal Services: 6

Airport: 4

Planning and Community Development: 3

Administration: 1

City Attorney: 1

Library: 1

Museum: 1

Total: 273

Source: City Of Springdale

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“If it costs $3,000 to $4,000 to replace a transmission in a vehicle that old, you’re not getting a good return on your investment,” Chamlee said. Well I guess when my transmission went out on my truck it would have been a better deal to spend $ 30,000 on a new truck. I just don't get it. Oh yes I do. I just didn't get to spend the taxpayers money to buy that $ 30,000 truck. Hey It all makes since now.

Posted by: oldrustynut

January 20, 2013 at 6:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ask what Chamlee's management experience was before he got the Chief Building Officials job. The answer is none he got the job because of politics that the mayor at that time was practicing . The people of Springdale have no idea the harm this has done to the city.

Posted by: rummy

January 20, 2013 at 6:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If Mr Chamlee needs new city vehicles he should pitch it to the Chamber. They will get it done in record time.

Posted by: cdawg

January 20, 2013 at 12:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Good analysis, oldnut, the fact that its not you money makes it easier to spend. Ray, the question is, is Sprouse any worse than VanHoose? Maybe equal in eneptitude, but in a different way.

Posted by: JailBird

January 20, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yeah the Chamber knows how to blow thru the money. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get people to try and visit Springdale. Maybe someone needs to start going to the meetings?

Posted by: coookie

January 21, 2013 at 9:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I agree with Chamlee. These olders vehicles become a money pit. Transmission today, engine tomorrow and brake systems the next day. There comes a point where it is more cost effective to replace vehicles rather than repair them, particularly if it is a situation where depreciation is a factor.

Posted by: superdave10

January 21, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'll bet the city could buy 273 pairs of good boots (and replace them every six months) for a lot less than it spends on motorized transportation for your public servants.

Fleet managers and mechanics!?! Fire 'em, and hire a cobbler.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

January 21, 2013 at 8:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ilegals have been chased down for years by Mules. The hell with cobblers, horseshoers and scoopers.

Posted by: JailBird

January 21, 2013 at 11:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )