In a surprise move by Mayor Mike Houston, Springfield aldermen approved two ordinances that establishes a Fleet and Facilities Management division under the Office of Budget and Management and also creates of a Fleet Manager position.
The ordinances were left in committee last week after aldermen debated whether OBM should oversee the division or whether the fleet and facilities management should stand alone.
Aldermen Gail Simpson also objected to not having the fleet manager job description. She received the description just before Tuesday's full city council meeting where Houston pulled the ordinances out of committee and put it up for debate and a vote.
The Fleet Management division and fleet manager position are the next step for the city to begin consolidating the garages for the city's fleet of vehicles.
Currently there are separate garages for police, fire, public works and City Water Light and Power. City officials say consolidating the garages will save up to $5 million in the next five years.
Aldermen Frank Edwards, Gail Simpson and Tim Griffin voted no for both ordinances.