The Office of Fleet Management oversees acquisition, maintenance, and disposition of all county owned vehicles. This would include all wheeled equipment from heavy duty trucks, road maintenance machinery, trailers, and transit buses, as well as the fleet of county automobiles and light trucks, from administrative vehicles to the Sheriff's dept. patrol cars and support units. This would be a total of approx. 500 units.
All fleet management personnel, who total sixteen (16), work at the Wheatsworth Rd. facility in Hardyston Twp., which opened on 2011. Nearly all repair work, at least 98%, is completed in house, by a staff of well trained technicians. Training has taken place at our facility by equipment manufactures & suppliers such as Chrysler corp., Haldex Air Brake, and Stemco corp. We also have regular training updates on Cummins engine and Allison transmissions. We often include personnel from surrounding municipalities in these training sessions. Many staff has graduated from respected, accredited technical schools, including Universal Technical Institute, Lincoln Tech, and Ohio Technical College. Some staff members hold ASE Certifications (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) while other are certified welders.
What's New: We will be taking delivery in the spring of 2014 two (2) new heavy duty dump trucks from the 2013 budget year, a single axle and a tandem axle, which will be replacing 20 year old units for our Office of Roads. These units will be of a heavier specification and upgraded componentry which should drastically reduce the maintenance costs. We will be looking in the coming years to continue to update & upgrade the fleet to reduce downtime, operating expense, and fuel consumption.
Other recent acquisitions include a new backhoe loader for our Facilities Dept., an equipment truck for the Bridge & Traffic dept. and a tractor mower, also for the Office of Roads.
What's in the pipeline: We try to upgrade our automobile/light truck fleet constantly yearly on a case by case basis, striving to right size these vehicles to make them user friendly, but also, making fuel efficiency a top priority for the particular application by purchasing the most economical vehicles available.
We will continue to work on upgrading our heavy duty truck fleet, which is the backbone of the road maintenance vehicle fleet. And we will be looking at the possible purchase of a new Guide Rail Pounder used to drive in road side guide rail.