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King County Saves $140K & Cuts Energy Nearly 40%

SEATTLE – The deployment of Verdiem's Surveyor PC Power Management Software has enabled county agencies to reduce energy consumption by an average of 38 percent and eliminate more than 3 million lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions.

New Albany Police to Add 8 New Vehicles to Fleet

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – The New Albany Police Department will purchase eight new vehicles using the city's riverboat fund, according to the Evening News and Tribune.

Mass. Seeks $6.5M for Clean Vehicles

BOSTON – The state will use stimulus funding from the federal Department of Energy to spur the use of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles by municipalities, private companies, and government agencies, according to the Boston Globe.

Connecticut Idles Fleet Vehicles 2 Days a Week

STAMFORD, CT – Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell has instructed agencies to keep state vehicles off the roads two days a week to save on expenses, according to StamfordPlus.com.

Sevier Co. Officials Accused of Misusing County Resources

SEVIERVILLE, TN – The Sevier County mayor and solid waste director are under investigation for using the county's solid waste garage for work on non-county, personal and family vehicles, according to 6 News.

Ocean City to Install $6K Cameras in Patrol Cars

OCEAN CITY, MD – Resort police will install five to six Panasonic brand cameras in late August at a cost of $5,998 per car, according to The Daily Times.

Cedar Rapids Still Surviving the Floods

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which suffered flood damage in June 2008, has established a Web site to create awareness for those who can offer their support.

Worcester County Faces $327K Deficit

SNOW HILL, MD – Cost-cutting attempts will include a new take-home vehicle policy possibly restricting take-home vehicles to people residing within certain mileage of their work site, according to The Dispatch.

Clarion County Gets 6 New Vehicles through State Grant

CLARION, PA – Clarion County's transportation department will receive six new vehicles thanks to a $373,000 grant from PennDOT's Community Transportation Capital Equipment Program, according to the Clarion News.

Delaware Auctions State Vehicles to Downsize Fleet

DOVER, DE – Delaware is auctioning off 400 vehicles in its efforts to cut the state's fleet by 20 percent, according to The News Journal.

Safest U.S. Drivers in Idaho & Wisconsin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Idaho and Wisconsin drivers ranked highest as most knowledgeable about basic road rules in the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, while New York drivers scored lowest.

Comdata Awards $25K in Scholarships to 5 Middle TN Students

NASHVILLE – Five students have each been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Comdata Corporation for their involvement in Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee.

Jeffersonville Cuts Fuel Spending by $16K

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Jeffersonville's city officials revealed city fuel spending is down about $16,265 between three major fuel-consuming departments this year, reported the Evening News and Tribune.

McLeod County to Save $75K by Lowering Mileage Reimbursement

GLENCOE, MN – County officials said lowering mileage reimbursement to 30 cents per mile for the rest of the year will help save an estimated $75,000, according to the McLeod County Chronicle.

Louisville No Longer Allowed to Charge Fees for Take-Home Vehicles

LOUISVILLE, KY – Department of Labor hearing officers have ruled against allowing the city to continue to charge fees for take-home vehicles, according to WHAS11.

Aiken County to Keep Vehicles Longer Under Tight Budget

AIKEN, SC – Aiken County's $1.5 million budget cut for next fiscal year would mean having to keep its vehicles longer, according to the Aiken Standard.

Lodi's new vehicle maintenance shop can hold up to four small vehicles and four large vehicles such as buses or fire trucks for repair and service. The shop is 14,500 square feet and also has an additional 3,000 square feet of storage. (Brian Feulner/News-Sentinel)

City of Lodi Opens $3.4M Maintenance Shop

LODI, CA – The City of Lodi spent $3.4 million on its new 14,500 sq.-ft. vehicle maintenance shop, which has an additional 3,000 sq.-ft. of storage, according to the Lodi-News Sentinel.

Dallas County Prevents Fleet Vehicle Abuse with GPS

DALLAS – Dallas County is almost done installing GPS tracking devices in all take-home county vehicles to prevent employees from misusing their take-home vehicles, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Arsenault Associates Releases Dossier Version 5.0

BURLINGTON, NJ – Arsenault Associates has begun shipping Dossier Version 5.0, the latest, feature-rich edition of the maintenance management software.

Illinois Senate Approves Texting Ban

SPRINGFIELD, IL --- The Illinois Senate on May 19 passed legislation that would ban texting behind the wheel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Des Moines Police Adds Higher MPG Patrol Cars to Fleet

DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Police Department has purchased 23 new patrol cars, four of which are six-cylinder models that will use less fuel, according to the Des Moines Register.

Free Web Seminar Tomorrow, May 19: Fleet Pooling & Cost Reduction Strategies

TORRANCE, CA – Register now for the free, 60-minute Web seminar, that takes place Tuesday, May 19, at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern).

Memphis General Services Director Returns 'Flashy' City Car

MEMPHIS, TN – The 2007 Dodge Charger was a wrecked police department vehicle that had been modified with custom paint, chrome-plated wheels, a scooped hood, dual exhaust and custom emblems, reported WMC-TV.

Jacksonville Motorpool Reduction to Save $1.4M

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The City of Jacksonville's reduction of 70 motorpool vehicles is expected to save taxpayer money and cut its carbon footprint, according to the Florida-Times Union.

Tulsa Police Allowed Take-Home Vehicles

TULSA, OK– Effective June 1, Tulsa police will be allowed to take their patrol vehicles home under a new contract, according to NewsChannel 8.



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