What is the policy on car maintenance for the city vehicles? There isn’t one. A long time ago I asked about the maintenance of the fleet of cars for the city.. There has been some question here about who is maintaining the city cars. These are some very good questions. When if ever has this work gone out for bid? Why only one garage is getting the work. What is the policy of the city in regards to repair of cars? When does it become to expensive to repair these cars? If the policy is anything like the policy for computers and other equipment, then there isn’t a policy. I remember at one council meeting the Building and Engineering talking about having 5 or 6 cars towed from the parking lot. These cars came from the police department, when they received new cars they took them over to the Building and Engineering department for them to use. They were in such bad shape that the department head had the cars towed away.. The Building and Engineering director said at another time that his department paid for all the repairs of these cars given to his department from the police. The police department when they get new cars dump their cars off on any department that can use them. That department then has to pay out of their department budget for the cost of repairing them.
My question, why not look at the cars before we dump them off on another department and see if they are even worth keeping in the first place. Why is the department who has received these garbage cars made to pay for the repairs of these cars out of that departments budget. If these cars came from another department, and the car is on its last leg then I think the making a department who did not want them in the first place to pay for them is asinine. Why would you keep spending money on something that is not worth it? Before any department, dumps their garbage cars on another department they must have them looked at? They have to get a detailed assessment as to what the car might need how much it will cost, and approximately how long the car will last. If a car can get a couple more years of use out of it. Then transfer it to another department. There comes a time when it is not worth the expenses to keep a piece of equipment. We all know this we have had to replace equipment in our own homes we have had to look at the price of repairing compared to replacing and how long that equipment will last after it’s repaired.