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July 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Sam Lamerato Named 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Sam Lamerato

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Troy’s Sam Lamerato was awarded Government Fleet magazine’s 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year honor. Lamerato helped implement a successful insourcing program, and led to the City’s No. 1 spot in the “100 Best Fleets” in 2010.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, Insourcing, fleet management, Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association, APWA, City Budget

June 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Effective Communication Enhances Fleet Image

By Thi Dao

Increasing professionalism is helping drive fleet management out of the “dirty garage” stereotype. Effective communication with public officials, citizens, supervisors, and customers can further improve the image of fleet operations.

Tags: fleet operations, management, Communications

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Liability Risk for Government Fleet Organizations Under Current Law

By Janis Christensen, CAFM

Most people no longer bat an eye when hearing about multimillion dollar damage awards to punish companies for an employee’s negligent acts. However, what are the liability concerns for a public sector fleet manager?

Tags: Liability, Public Sector, Lawsuits, Claims Management

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Low Cost or No-Cost Green Fleet Strategies

By Barbara Bonansinga

A variety of easy approaches can yield quantifiable results in greening a fleet, including avoiding unnecessary travel and using alternative-fuel vehicles. Tactics used by the states of West Virginia and Oklahoma are shared, including leveraging existing state natural resources.

Tags: Green, Green Fleets, Strategies, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Fleet Policies

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Seattle Maximizes Technology to Improve Operations

The City of Seattle retrained employees on the existing technology systems to ensure the resources were being used to their full potential.

By Stephen Bennett

Today’s technology can provide a number of advantages, but only when used as intended and to maximum potential. By identifying how to fully utilize its information technology system, the City of Seattle was able to increase efficiency in its operations and achieve savings.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Management, Information Technology, Public Sector, Equipment

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Best Practices in Remarketing Off-Road Equipment

Appealing photos and accurate video of a new Holland 555 backhoe helped the Town of Jonesborough, Tenn., see major remarketing success.

By Shelley Mika

Remarketing can yield major resale dollars for “yellow metal” and other off-road equipment. Five fleet experts weigh in on some of the best ways to maximize resale value for off-road equipment.

Tags: Equipment, Off-Road Equipment, Remarketing

June 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Subadan and Stanton Reflect on Position Changes

Subadan & Stanton

By Thi Dao & Greg Basich

Bob Stanton, previously of Polk County, Fla., started his new position at Hillsborough County, Fla., on May 16, replacing Sharon Subadan, now deputy county administrator.

Tags: 100 Best Fleets, Polk County, Hillsborough County, Appointments

May 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Parts Operation: In-House or Outsource

The City of Denton, Texas, is able to get parts on demand without investing up front.

By Shelley Mika

A fleet’s parts inventory is critical to keeping its maintenance and repair process moving forward — and keeping units on the road. Several critical elements to consider are discussed from both the in-house and outsourced perspectives.

Tags: Maintenance, repair, Outsourcing, Parts Inventory

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Planning Facilities for Modern and Future Use

The City of Davenport, Iowa's Public Works fleet facility was programmed and designed by Roger Thompson and Jon Wallenkamp.

By Thi Dao

When planning a fleet facility, consider site location, prepare it for new or future technologies, and review commonly overlooked issues.

Tags: New Facility, Fleet Facility, Vehicle Maintenance Facility

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

14 Compete for 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

The 2011 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in San Diego.

Tags: Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Oil Initiatives Government Fleets Should Consider

<br />According to Joseph Shupe, president of CAP Oil Change Systems, the company has designed oil dispensers to reduce the time it takes to change engine oil and also help keep oils clean and safe.

By Cheryl Knight

Conducting periodic oil analysis, using re-refined or recycled oil, and revisiting oil filter usage will lessen an operation’s impact on the environment, extend maintenance cycles, and reduce reliance on foreign oil.

Tags: Green Initiatives, Recycling, Oil, crude oil, portable oil change system, oil change system

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX 2011 to Focus on Fleet Efficiency

By Staff

Educational presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking events provide fleet managers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals ways to improve fleet efficiency.

Tags: Conference, GFX

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Maximize the Life of Grounds Maintenance Equipment

<br />A power lift on Grasshopper front mount mowers facilitates accessibility to the underside of the deck for simplified maintenance, as well as space-saving portability and storage.

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers recommend maintenance schedules and key maintenance procedures for the pieces they sell to government fleets. Some also offer software programs or online support to help monitor usage, track costs, and budget for replacement.

Tags: Equipment, Toro, John Deere, Grasshopper

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Grounds Maintenance Equipment Roundup

Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine.

By Staff

View four grounds maintenance equipment models from The Grasshopper Co., John Deere, and Kubota.

Tags: Equipment, Kubota, Toro, Grasshopper, John Deere

April 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Fueling Public Sector Fleets

By Ryan Mossman

Fuel strategies used by private sector fleets may prove useful for public sector fleets as well.

March 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Sporty Police Cars

By Mike Scott

Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers and may be among the most typical makes and models of police cars used in the United States today. Some departments have a handful of “sportier” cars, many of which are used in special ways.

Tags: Porsche, Police Vehicles, Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette

March 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How Minneapolis Implemented its Green Fleet Policy

The City of Minneapolis Fleet Services division green team includes, l-r, Gary Dahl, Bill Gauthier, Al Thunberg, and Director of FSD John Scharffbillig. Photo courtesy John Scharffbillig.

By Thi Dao

Fleet veteran John Scharffbillig, director of Fleet Services for the City of Minneapolis, discusses how the Fleet Services division brainstormed, wrote, edited, and is implementing the City's new green fleet policy.

Tags: Green Fleet, City of Minneapolis

March 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Boosting Morale Can Help Improve Operations

By Grace Suizo

Strong leadership and understanding, combined with a little creativity, can help keep productivity and employee morale high when resources are low.

Tags: Fleet Manager, Leadership, business tools, Employee Incentives, morale

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Leveraging Procurement Dollars in a Zero-Growth Budget Environment

By Stephen Bennett

Public sector fleet manager creativity is one key to “getting the most bang for the buck” in a time of tightening purse strings and unpredictable fuel prices.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Downsizing, Cost-Cutting, Procurement

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem

By Mike Antich

As public sector fleets face increasing scrutiny, fleet management must keep the public and officials informed, ensure competitive service costs, and maintain customer service levels while reducing costs.

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

A ‘State of the Fleet’ Report Can Enhance Fleet Image

By Gary Hatfield

Fleet managers can use an annual fleet report to inform decision-makers who impact funding, user departments, and fleet employees about both fleet management accomplishments and challenges.

Tags: fleet management, fleet operations

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Beyond the Patrol Car

The BearCat G3 provides 0.50 caliber armor protection with high ground clearance for aggressive off-road performance and maneuverability. It is used by SWAT and Special Ops teams at high security facilities for perimeter patrol and security.

By Melanie Basich and Lauren Fletcher

Law enforcement vehicles come in all shapes in sizes. In addition to the traditional patrol vehicle or motorcycle, the following are other vehicles law enforcement officers use to keep the peace.

Tags: Police Vehicles

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

What to Consider When Spec’ing Excavators

The Terex TC 20 Compact Crawler Excavator has max dig depth of 8 feet 2 inches and max reach of 14 feet 4 inches.

By Stephen Bennett

Whether renting or buying, fleets must ensure excavator specs meet the needs of the application. Fleet managers and equipment manufacturers weigh in on factors to consider.

Tags: Spec'ing, Off-Road Equipment, Equipment, Excavators

February 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Snowstorms Have City Fleets Working Overtime

Fleet maintenance employees at the City of Huntsville, Ala.,were on 24-hour duty during a mid-January snowstorm. (Photo courtesy Mike Blankenship, City of Huntsville)

By Thi Dao

The cities of Chicago, Dallas, and Huntsville, Ala., fleet departments discuss how they prepared for and handled with this season’s snowstorms.

Tags: Snow Removal

January 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Elements of a Comprehensive Fuel Management Program

Operating one or more on-site fuel stations has pros and cons. While purchasing fuel in bulk takes advantage of volume price discounts, operating fuel site stations also comes with environmental liabilities.

By Randy Owen

A well-designed fuel management program controls costs, improves driver productivity, meets regulatory requirements and organizational policy goals, and provides for the collection of essential data and production of management information.

Tags: Fuel Economy

January 2011, Government Fleet - Department

Asphalt Equipment

The LeeBoy 8816B features a Tier 3 130 hp Cummins turbodiesel engine.

By Staff

View our asphalt equipment roundup featuring three different models from LeeBoy, Caterpillar, and Asphalt Zipper.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Incentivizing Drivers to Conserve Fuel

Polk County, Fla., affixed decals to the rear of its vehicles to alert fellow motorists that County drivers observe 55 mph speed limits.

By Bob Stanton

Fuel is the No. 1 fleet operating expense. Polk County, Fla., achieved favorable results by addressing one of the main, yet overlooked sources of rising fuel consumption — the driver.

Tags: Polk County, Fuel Management, Driver Safety

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Calculate Technician-to-Vehicle Ratios

By Sal Bibona

To properly maintain and manage a public sector fleet operation, determining the necessary ratio of technicians to vehicles is key to keeping vehicles on the road and operations running smoothly.

Tags: Staffing, Fleet Budget

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Pros and Cons of ‘Right-Sizing’ Vehicles to Increase Fuel Economy

By Joe Bohn

Reducing vehicle fuel consumption and increasing fuel economy is one of the top challenges for fleet. However, some veteran fleet managers caution to research before buying.

Tags: Fuel Management, Rightsizing, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Seattle Named No. 1 Government Green Fleet

Seattle’s fleet team includes (l-r) Nanci Lien, fleet administration manager; Ken Bailey, vehicle maintenance director; Chris Wiley, Green Fleet coordinator; and Dave Seavey, Fleet Services director.

By Chris Wiley

Use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, as well as fuel reduction strategies and a Green Fleet coordinator, are some reasons the City of Seattle was recognized as the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America.

Tags: Green, City Fleets

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

State of Georgia Saves More Than $500K by Reducing Fleet Expenses

By Cheryl Knight

After moving one-third of its 21,000-vehicle fleet to a statewide contract with Automotive Resources International (ARI), the State of Georgia has seen its administrative, repair, and maintenance costs decrease.

Tags: Fleet Budget

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Town of Castle Rock Fleet Excels in Customer Service

The Town of Castle Rock, Colo., provides everything from base preventive maintenance to complex repairs, new installs, parts, and more.

By Staff

Through use of its fleet software program, fleet advisory committee, and support of qualified staff members, the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., has maintained a 95-percent customer satisfaction rating.

Tags: Technology, Customer Service, Recognition

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Ventura Uses Telematics & GPS to Improve Fleet Efficiency

Mary Joyce Ivers (right), CPFP, fleet and facilities manager in the City of Ventura&#39;s Public Works department.

By Cheryl Knight

After implementing GPS and vehicle diagnostic technology on several fleet vehicles, the California city improved fuel economy by 10 percent, reduced idling time, and improved productivity and routing for customer service.

Tags: Telematics, GPS, Technology

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintaining Pavement and Asphalt Equipment

By Stephen Bennett

Proper maintenance, training, and planned service intervals are necessary to ensure proper care for pavement and asphalt equipment.

Tags: Maintenance, Off-Road Equipment

November 2010, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

By Mike Antich

Budget is the No.1 challenge facing public sector fleets. Everything a fleet does revolves around money — equipment, facilities, staff, vehicles, parts, tools, fuel, etc. Other challenges include extended cycling, resources to maintain aging assets, and staff burn-out.

Tags: Green, Operating Costs, Outsourcing, Vehicle Replacement, Fleet Budget, Vehicle Purchase, Staffing, Fuel Management

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

‘Business as Usual’ No Longer an Option for Local Government

By David Mills

The poor economy has led to public outcry for more accountability in government agencies. This should serve as ample warning for fleets to increase efficiency, improve accountability, and add visibility to the fleet department for the upcoming year.

Tags: Fleet Budget, Fueling Station, policies, Fleet Facility, Staff Training

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Training & Testing Pay Big Returns

By Kelly Reagan

Facing an aging fleet with little to no funds for vehicle replacement, the City of Columbus, Ohio, decreased fleet expenses by finding savings in parts and supplier services.

Tags: Recognition, Fleet Budget, Staffing, Staff Training, City Fleets

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Google Helps D.C. Improve Operations

By Mike Scott

For nearly two years, the Washington D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has used a Google-centric program to become more efficient, and even boost response time.

Tags: Telematics, Google Maps

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Government Fleet Managers Recognized for Leading ‘Green’ Efforts

By Staff

Government Fleet announced 14 public sector fleet leaders as the recipients of this year’s 2010 Environmental Leadership Awards at the Green Fleet Conference in October.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Environmental Leadership Award, Awards, City Fleets

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Minimize Workplace Injuries

By Stephen Bennett

Safeguarding maintenance and garage facilities against work-related injuries involves securing management commitment, increasing safety awareness among staff members, and establishing a certified in-house safety committee.

Tags: Fleet Facility, Staffing, Staff Training

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Mythbusters: Fleet Edition

Tires filled with nitrogen retain their pressure better, keeping moisture out and ultimately extending tire life. But for small fleets, Hunt’s team couldn’t justify the cost of adding a proprietary fill station.

By Tariq Kamal

A veteran fleet manager and his team of experts identify several common myths that may be costing your fleet.

Tags: Maintenance, Engine Oil, Fuel Management, Tires

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintaining Loaders and Backhoes

Loaders and backhoes at the City of San Antonio have an eight-year lifecycle. Preventive maintenance is based on the calendar year, with different PM levels performed monthly. Pictured is the City’s equipment from Samsung.

By Thi Dao

Fleet professionals from three public agencies discuss best practices for maintaining loaders and backhoes, used for numerous projects that range from waste disposal to beach upkeep to road maintenance.

Tags: preventive maintenance, Off-Road Equipment, Snohomish County

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Managing Refuse Fleet Maintenance

By Shelley Mika

Trash trucks require special maintenance. Multiple moving parts and typical start-and-stop operations present the biggest concerns. Automated lubrication systems and particular care of brakes and tires help mitigate the issues.

Tags: Refuse Fleets

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Industry’s Best Gather at GFX

By Grace Suizo

With a record number of attendees and exhibitors, the 2010 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) brought together some of the greatest fleet minds from the public sector during the three-day event.

Tags: GFX

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Get the Most from Remarketing Government Fleet Vehicles

By Shelley Mika

Remarketing fleet vehicles can be a time-intensive process. The State of Utah offers several tips to help remarket vehicles profitably.

Tags: Remarketing, Auction, Utilization

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Improving Federal Fleet Management

By Adlore Chaudier

Efforts to improve federal fleet management on all levels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum consumption have increased since President Obama signed EO 13514 in 2009.

Tags: Government Fleets, Greenhouse Gases, Barack Obama

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Certifications Promote Industry Professionalism

With a 500-unit fleet, Pierce County’s 25-member fleet team serves several county agencies, including public works &amp; utilities, emergency management, and facilities management.

By Cindy Brauer

Fleet industry credentials, such as NAFA’s CAFM and the American Public Works Association’s CPFP, showcase the specialized skill sets required of technicians who work on today’s complex automobiles and equipment.

Tags: CAFM, CPFP

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

New Anti-Graffiti Trucks Added to City of Oxnard Fleet

By Staff

Used to help clean up graffiti in public areas, the City of Oxnard, Calif.’s two new anti-graffiti trucks will help work crews continue to clean up the city.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, City Fleets

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

GPS Cuts Washington County Vehicle Misuse & Boosts Productivity

By Shelley Mika

The Tennessee county uses GPS tracking devices to make big improvements, monitor employee behavior and productivity, and reduce unauthorized vehicle use.

Tags: GPS, emergency vehicles, Vehicle Misuse

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Keeping Grounds Maintenance Equipment in Top Shape

By Thi Dao

The City of Torrance, Calif., Fleet Services division discusses grounds maintenance equipment and emphasizes the importance of having close relationships with the user department.

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