Manchester garage asks for computer system to track repairs
“It’s basically a fleet-compatible system that allows us to keep track of everything that happens with a vehicle,” said Wesley Anderson, director of the new department. “You have the basic capacity now to keep track of what you are spending, but it really doesn’t have the capability to help you manage the fleet.”Late in the 2012-13 fiscal year, aldermen approved spending $200,000 to maintain several pieces of equipment, including repairs to fire trucks.
That issue is being taken up as part of negotiations on a new contract.
Anderson said it can also help the city rotate equipment to prevent some vehicles getting more wear and tear than others.
“I could look at, say, all my dump trucks that are in the same year of purchase...,” he said. If more was being spent on a particular truck, “it would give a focus on why — is it an operator issue, do we have a lemon, is it the route that it’s on?”
Central Fleet Management expanded to service Manchester Water Works vehicles earlier this year. Further expansion to care for the Manchester airport’s fleet is unlikely, Anderson said, because few airport vehicles are used off the site. Many are one-of-a-kind vehicles for specialized use, he said.
The Water Department would be responsible for about $40,000 of the total.
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