MARSHALL — A month after hearing a presentation from Enterprise Fleet Management, the Harrison County Commissioners Court on Wednesday agreed to let the firm manage the county’s vehicles in hopes of building a better fleet and saving money.
Enterprise Fleet Management previously projected an annual savings of about $13,000. Contracts with the company that were approved Wednesday included an agreement to sell customer vehicles, a consignment auction agreement and an amendment to the master equity lease agreement and maintenance agreement.
“These documents have been reviewed by our assistant DA, Bob Cole,” Harrison County Judge Chad Sims said, noting County Auditor Becky Haynes also reviewed the financial statements.
Sims previously had said the leasing program would allow the county to significantly reduce the age of its fleet for about the same annual cost.
Harrison County currently has a fleet of 149 vehicles used in 10 departments, which includes road and bridge, the sheriff’s office, constables and juvenile services. The average age of the fleet is nine years.
“We had planned to purchase 10 vehicles this year,” Sims said. Now, “with Enterprise, we’ll be able to lease 30 vehicles for about the same budgeted expense.”
Enterprise fleet consultant Nathan Pickle said the delivery time on vehicles varies.
“The vast majority of them, we’ll factory order directly, so it could be anywhere from ... eight weeks up to 22 weeks, depending on the type of vehicle and then, obviously, the amount of equipment that may need to be put on certain vehicles (such as) emergency vehicles,” Pickle said.
He said if the county needs a vehicle immediately, then the company could search for vehicles already at local dealers who are willing to work with both entities.
Pct. 1 Commissioner William Hatfield said they’ll need that assistance, because some vehicles in the sheriff’s department currently are down.