Troy fleet to service Center Line city vehicles

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 4, 2012


An interlocal agreement across county lines should put more money in Troy’s coffers.

The Troy Fleet Division will service city vehicles for Center Line after the Troy City Council unanimously approved the agreement at its Dec. 19 meeting.

In addition to its own city vehicles, the Troy maintenance crew has contracts to service equipment for Clawson, Rochester, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Birmingham, Royal Oak, the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, Medigo Services and the Troy School District.

Troy’s fleet has just under 500 pieces of equipment — including 75 police vehicles, 36 fire apparatuses, and 52 pieces of snow removal equipment — and 17 employees.

Because of the service contracts, the fleet maintenance crew does not have down time throughout the year, Sam Lamerato, superintendent of fleet maintenance, said.

Government Fleet Magazine named Lamerato Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year and the Troy fleet as the top 100 Best Elite Fleet in North America this past summer. The magazine also named the Troy municipal fleet the No. 1 fleet in 2010. In addition, the magazine named the Troy fleet division in the top 20 of the 100 Best Fleets in North America in 2008 and 2009. The Troy fleet also received the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence 2004 through 2009.

The Center Line City Council unanimously approved the agreement, which states the city of Troy will provide fleet maintenance services to city of Center Line vehicles and equipment on an as-needed basis.

Troy city management and the fleet maintenance division recommended the council approve the agreement because there is capacity in the Troy facility to take on additional work; it maximizes use of the facility; and no additional staffing is needed for it. Troy will charge Center Line an hourly rate starting at $77 per hour and invoice that city on a monthly basis. Under the agreement, Center Line is not obligated to use the services of the city of Troy exclusively.

Troy Councilman Doug Tietz pointed out that Troy city vehicles have first priority.

“We’re still at the front of the line,” he said.