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Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works to Rid Fleet of 104 Vehicles

May 17, 2005

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Department of Public Works is proposing to sell 104 underused vehicles from its fleet, with the first ones going on sale as early as May 21, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.DPW Commissioner Jeff Mantes presented a report on ways to pare the fleet, a report Common Council members ordered him to prepare. The number of cars taken home by workers would be reduced from 75 to nine, but 25 would be used on a seasonal basis, such as during the snow-heavy winter months. The report also calls for the sale of 40 pieces of equipment identified as surplus and with a minimum replacement value of $50,000.Ald. Robert Bauman, the committee chairman, questioned whether the department "was going overboard on the cuts because of political pressure and headlines." Mantes said the plan erred on the conservative side.After an audit last fall by City Comptroller Wally Morics, an examination began of the DPW fleet. Dan Blosser, former fleet manager, issued a detailed report that called for getting rid of underused vehicles to save money and to reduce take-home vehicles assigned to DPW officials. Blosser was later fired, but city officials say the report had nothing to do with his termination.

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