Livingston Township and Schools Share Services

Township's fleet maintenance service among departments that will be shared.

In a effort to streamline services and reduce costs, the township and board of education in Livingston have agreed to work together for fleet maintenance, according to a township release.

The agreement, which began on April 1, started with the township’s Department of Public Works repairing the board of education’s fleet of 18 buses, 11 vans and 18 maintenance vehicles. 

Under the agreement, the board of education will reimburse the township for the cost of parts and supplies, and will pay the hourly rate for township staff to provide preventative maintenance and repairs as needed.

“The Livingston Public Schools’ fleet is critical to the operation of the school district and our vehicles have historically been well maintained,” schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger said.  

The school district does not have a covered garage, Draeger said, and the timing was good because the school district's part-time mechanic will be retiring at the end of June. 

Township Manager Michele Meade said the agreement would be good because it would "maximize shared services for cost savings for Livingston residents" and "maximize use of the existing resources of the township’s fleet maintenance operation."

The township board of education already share many existing services, such as field maintenance, snow removal and gym facilities.

Marvin Loewenberger April 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This fleet would be ideal for electric buses and vans that could be used during the day and returned to a central location for recharging. There probably would be a higher initial costs, but that would be quickly off-set with reduced fuel costs, no gas motors = reduced maintenance, no oil changes, etc. FEDEX, UPS, various school districts are looking into this. It's not a theory. These vehicles are on the road. Look at Via Motors, Valence Technologies, Smith Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicles International.


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