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The mission of the Central Garage is to inspect, diagnose, service, and repair the City’s fleet of vehicles and equipment in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
To accomplish these objectives, Central Garage has 5 authorized full time employees comprised of 2 administrative staff and 3 ASE Certified Master-level technicians. Central Garage maintains over 700 individual pieces of equipment, of which 325 are rolling stock. The facility consists of 6 repair bays, 2 wash bays, and a lube pit.
In recent years, Central Garage has implemented a number of programs and procedures to increase efficiency, save money, and improve services:
Stainless steel vs. painted steel salt spreaders: Provides prolonged life at a reduced cost
Wrench-time: Maximizes technicians’ repair time vs. other general tasks
Fixed Repair Rate: Meets industry standard in accordance with the Motor’s Repair Guide
White vs. yellow painted vehicles: Reduces cost and increases trade-in value
Waste oil heater: Heats Central Garage using recycled oil, thus reducing fuel costs
Re-refined motor oil: Provides identical oil quality at a reduced cost
Filter crusher: CG staff designed and built crusher to meet environmental requirements
Vehicle and Equipment Website Auctions: Increases revenue over trade-in option
Emergency Generator: Provides facility’s electrical needs during power outages
Location and Hours of Operation
Central Garage is located at 418 E Ash, just 2 blocks east of the City/County building. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vehicles & Equipment
Central Garage technicians repair a wide variety of equipment from weedeaters to motor graders. The City’s Fleet Superintendent is instrumental in developing a comprehensive vehicle and equipment purchase program that includes writing specifications, evaluating vendor bids, and recommending final purchases. This enables the City to purchase high quality vehicles and equipment at the best possible price.
Fleet Management Software
Managing the entire City fleet requires technology. Central Garage operates a computerized fleet management program that tracks expenses, schedules preventive maintenance, and provides repair order history. This program provides valuable information for budgeting.
Central Garage maintains the City’s fuel site at 315 East Elm Street (co-located with the City’s Household Hazardous Waste facility). This site provides fuel services for all City and County vehicles and equipment and is equipped to dispense fuel during power outages for emergency response vehicles.
Parts and Supply Inventory
Central Garage maintains an efficient parts and supply inventory of commodity items to support timely repairs and minimize down-time. Central Garage obtains multiple quotes to ensure the best possible prices.