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October 21, 2014, 10:13 pm
970 WMAY News

Sangamon County Consolidates Garage Operations

The Sangamon County Garage
All 252 vehicles ran by the county will be maintained in one garage

When it comes to garage consolidation, Sangamon county has a lesson for the City of Springfield: Keep your eye on the ball. 


Sangamon County is consolidating the maintenance and repair of their fleet of vehicles, including the Sheriff’s department, to their current facility on Terminal Avenue.


The estimated cost of the consolidation is $60,000 and that is to pay for two new lifts, a new oil changing station and other upgrades.


County Administrator Brian McFadden says that the consolidation plan was developed internally. He has advice for the city, don’t let the details detract from the goal … savings.


Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jack Campbell said that everyone, including Tim Zahrn, the county engineer, had to come together to address all the needs of all departments.


All the maintenance staff and almost all the equipment will be transferred the current location on Terminal Avenue.


Zahrn says that the other location will still be available for convenience and in case of emergency. He also says that the county will save an estimated $70,000 a year maintaining the 252 vehicles in one garage, instead of two.


A fleet management position was created, which was hired internally and another job dealing with maintenance for the sheriff’s department will be transferred to the new location. Another maintenance position will be left vacant after an employee retires.


Officials expect the consolidation to be complete in a few weeks.

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