KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Commissioners approved Enterprise Fleet Management to manage the county’s vehicles hoping to increase the safety of the vehicles, decrease maintenance expenses per vehicle and get a higher resale value on the vehicles. Enterprise representative Nathan Pickle says fleet maintenance can save the county up to $700,000.

“New vehicles on the road are safer because they have up-to-date safety features,”

Pickle said.

The county owns 162 vehicles, purchases nine vehicles a year and keeps those vehicles for an average of 18 years. 

Pickle says Enterprise buys and sells over one million vehicles a year and keeps their vehicles for an average of 18 months.

“The older the vehicle, the more it will cost in maintenance and fuel.” Pickle said. 

Pickle also advised the county keep their vehicles for a maximum of four years.

The county pays $75 per month per car and Enterprise spends $42 per month per vehicle.

Pickle says the county can save $20,000 in maintenance costs in the first year alone.

Enterprise has earmarked 75 county vehicles to be replaced in year one. 

Pickle says Enterprise works with more than 90 counties in the state of Texas and the city of Terrell.

The county does not currently have a vehicle maintenance plan. 

Commissioners also approved to spend $10,360 to make improvements and finish landscaping at the Garden Learning Center. The center was originally built for rainwater harvesting but has now become an education and recreation center as well. Youth programs and 4-H students go to the center to learn about the environment, best water practices and various insects.  

In other news, commissioners:

• approved payroll benefits of $1,224,406.96

• approved claims for payment for $438,440.25

• tabled the petition for the creation of Kaufman County Fresh Water Supply District No. 7 and appointing temporary supervisors and signing order for the same

• approved the final plat for replat of lots 18, 19, 20 of Meadowbrook Acres. The five acre lots will be divided into two 2.5 acre lots.

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