Date: July 19, 2021
Author: Kendra Gravelle
Location: Coventry, RI
COVENTRY – The Coventry Town Council voted this week to join a program meant to better the quality of Coventry’s vehicle fleet as it saves the town thousands of dollars in vehicle-related expenses every year.
During its first in-person meeting since the coronavirus pandemic hit 16 months ago, the Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to authorize the partnership with Enterprise Fleet Management.
The program, which Town Manager Benjamin Marchant also helped to implement in the Pennsylvania township where he worked before coming to Coventry, will bring the town’s aging fleet into good condition while allowing it to get a handle on maintenance costs, he said Monday.
Coventry’s fleet includes 45 light- and medium-duty vehicles, excluding police vehicles, whose average age is around 12 years. Vehicles have on average been used for 17 years, but under the partnership with Enterprise, each vehicle will be resold and then replaced when its potential equity is at a maximum — typically after around four years.
The program is projected to reduce the town’s fuel costs by around 20 percent, since older vehicles are less fuel-efficient, and its maintenance costs on non-emergency response vehicles by 57 percent, according to an analysis by Enterprise.
It’s projected that the program could save the town well over $180,000 in the next decade, according to the analysis. “We’re keeping our costs down from year-to-year,” Marchant added, “so we should not see an increase in our fleet management expenses for the duration of this agreement.”