County approves fuel efficient vehicles

According to Amber, the Crown Victoria police vehicles that are handed down are worn out from police use, and he said he wonders if passing them down is doing a disservice to the taxpayers since the vehicles are no longer fuel efficient. 

After getting quotes from City Chevrolet and City Ford, the Commissioners agreed to purchase three 2012 Ford Fusion S cars at $16,969.25 each and one 2012 Ford Escape XLS at $20,533.25. The Ford Escape was nearly $4000 cheaper than the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox AWD and the Ford Fusions were about $800 cheaper than the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedans. 

Public Health Nurse Heather Reid, Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner and Environmental Heath Food Specialist Mary Ann McClusky will receive the sedans and Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner will receive the SUV. 

In other news:

Jackie Hake, Executive Director of the Whitley County Council on Aging, presented a report regarding Whitley County Transit (WCT). According to Hake, WCT logs a total of 170,000 miles per year and transports about 1,300 riders, burning through 20,000 gallons of fuel per year. The program cost $332,232 last year, averaging to $27,686 per month. The program boasts an 11-van fleet and 11 part-time drivers who saw a 20 percent increase in riders from last year. 

“This is one of the greatest things we have in Whitley County,” Amber said. 

The next regular scheduled Whitley County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, November 21 at 1 p.m. in the Whitley County Government Center.  

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