City fleet named elite

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 15, 2015

 The city of Troy recently added a new $210,000 dump truck, with snow removal and de-icing equipment, to its fleet.

The city of Troy recently added a new $210,000 dump truck, with snow removal and de-icing equipment, to its fleet.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


TROY — The Troy Department of Public Works has been named one of the top fleet divisions in the country.

Government Fleet Magazine honored its 2015 Elite Fleets at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference June 10.

Tim Richnak, director of the Troy DPW, said that in order to achieve the designation, fleet divisions have to demonstrate they are industry leaders in initiatives and improvements, and that they are competitive with private industries.

Troy and three other fleets in the country have continued to meet the standards for the recognition: Mesa, Arizona; Culver City, California; and Portland, Oregon. 

“(Being) one in four in the whole country is very important,” said Mayor Dane Slater.

The Troy Fleet Maintenance Division operates day and afternoon shifts, and maintains approximately 500 pieces of city-owned equipment.

The city also does maintenance and repair work for vehicles, on an as-needed basis, for 15 other communities and agencies under interlocal agreements: the Road Commission for Oakland County, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Oak Park, Royal Oak, Clawson, Rochester, Madison Heights, Center Line, Huntington Woods, the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, Oakland County Medigo Services, and vehicles for the Troy School District, not including the school buses.

Last year, the Troy Fleet Maintenance Division was awarded the Elite Fleet Award from Government Fleet Magazine as one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America. It also won the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Designation from the National Institute for Automotive Excellence.

Sam Lamerato, superintendent of the Fleet Maintenance Division, said he holds the designation of being the only fleet professional in the state of Michigan certified by the American Public Works Association. He said the Troy Fleet Maintenance Division is the only Automotive Service Excellence-certified municipal shop in Michigan.

Lamerato has been honored by Government Fleet Magazine with the first Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by National Joint Powers Alliance, and he was inducted into the Government Fleet Manager’s Hall of Fame.

“We believe we have the best fleet in the nation,” Lamerato said. “It’s been a great pleasure to serve the city of Troy. We’re told we set the bar high. It’s not an individual award. This team will continue to do the best work. We have your backs.”

Lamerato said he is “very proud to say we have a 98 percent ready-to-serve fleet any day of the year. We have a well-versed team of service technicians. We work together as a team to make sure the equipment is ready to serve the city’s needs.”

He added that it’s a team effort.

“It’s the whole city working together,” he said.