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Vehicle Maintenance ranks in nation's top 100

Post Date:04/14/2020

The City of Olathe Vehicle Maintenance Division has been ranked No. 43 in the nation, up from 81 in 2019, by the 100 Best Fleets in North America program and Governing Magazine.

The 100 Best Fleets program recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations throughout the country, identifying and encouraging ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry.

Applications were judged on 12 different “criteria of excellence,” including accountability, use of technology and information, collaboration, creativity, celebration, evidence of a high trust culture, performance recognition, doing it right the first time, quick and efficient turnaround, competitive pricing, staff development, and resources stewardship.

The City of Olathe Vehicle Maintenance Division maintains more than 1,300 pieces of equipment from departments including Public Works, Fire, Police, Sanitation, Parks & Rec, and more.

Vehicle Maintenance employs 27 people including technicians, a tire shop, parts room, and administration staff. There is an evening shift that performs almost all preventive maintenance to have equipment available for use during the day when it is needed most.

Olathe strives to be innovative leaders in the region and good stewards of funding and the environment. The City “greened” the fleet by earning $3,397,500 in grants and funding in 2018.

There are currently two compressed natural gas (CNG) City street sweepers, 25 CNG City sanitation trucks and several Johnson County CNG transit buses that are filled at the 50-post fast fill CNG station built in partnership with Johnson County.

By 2021, the City plans to have the entire sanitation fleet run on CNG, while the County will have more than 100 CNG transit busses. The City purchased five electric vehicles (EV) with eight charging stations with plans to expand the EV fleet. The City worked with local car dealers and electric utilities to install charging stations at City buildings. These partnerships are vital in being good stewards of the environment and citizen tax dollars.

In 2019, The City of Olathe was recognized by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and Climate Action KC with a "Resilience in Action" award for the Clean Fleet Program. The program was presented to over 300 people at the unveiling of the "Climate Action Playbook," developed by a group of local elected officials.

Visit The100BestFleets.com for more information about the 100 Best Fleets program.

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