City Budget Constrains Fleet Hiring

August 16, 2010

OPELOUSAS, LA - The City of Opelousas adopted a standstill budget for the coming fiscal year that begins in September, which may include putting on hold the hiring of a fleet manager position by adopting a more stringent preventive maintenance policy, according to Daily World.

Citing budget constraints, Alderman Dale Pefferkorn put on hold the plan by Special Projects Administrator Darryl Wagley to create the fleet manager position to oversee about 200 motorized vehicles that make up the city's fleet, ranging from lawn mowers to heavy trucks. He said the city could save on vehicle operation and through preventive maintenance.

Mayor Donald Cravins Sr. argued the position could be created without adding any personnel — simply rearranging those already in place — and said the tight budget makes it is more important that ever.

When the council expressed reservations, he called on the alderman to try the idea for six months.

The council unanimously voted to table the proposal, according to The Daily World.

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