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October 20, 2014, 4:45 am
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Garage Consolidation Held Up Because of Fleet Management Debate

Mayor Mike Houston’s plans to hire a fleet manager to oversee consolidation of the city’s garages is on hold.


Aldermen are resisting the plan, which would create the fleet manager position within the city’s Office of Budget and Management.


According to the Mayor's office, in order for the Fleet Manager position to be created, aldermen also must decide whether to create two new divisions within the Office of Budget and Management for Facilities Management and Fleet Management.


Several aldermen expressed concerns about the conflicts of interest that could come from the Office of Budget and Management having control over departments whose budgets it would determine come the new fiscal year.


There was a recommendation to have the two proposed new divisions to be independent from OBM.


Aldermen failed to put the ordinance creating the two new divisions on the debate agenda with a 5-4 vote during the Committee of the Whole meeting.


The ordinance creating the Fleet Manager position was also held up with aldermen demanding a clear job description for the proposed $90,000 position. Aldermen voted to hold the Fleet Manager position ordinance in committee.


Budget director Bill McCarty says the longer the city council waits, the more it will cost the city to keep operating multiple garages.

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