The Houston administration wants to spend $3.75 million on a three year parts contract for the city’s vehicle fleet.
Springfield budget director Bill McCarty says the contract with NAPA Auto Parts is part of the larger fleet consolidation project, where all the parts and vehicles are under one roof — which will save a lot of money.
“We really want to get this done,” said McCarty. “We stand to save over a million dollars a year, maybe more with this particular parts proposal that we have that, by itself, is over half a million a year. So clearly we are excited and anxious to get this consolidation going.”
The proposal would mean NAPA Auto Parts would designate two employees, to be paid by the city, to full time duty in the city’s fleet garage. The two employees would be responsible for making sure vehicles get the parts they need. Because it’s through NAPA, a nationally renowned auto parts store, McCarty estimates parts will be available 90 percent of the time. That’s compared to 50 percent of the time now, according to McCarty, which means a lot of time is spent running down parts.
McCarty says five employees at one time, with a combined $400,000 in salary and benefits, will be reduced to two employees with a combined salary and benefit cost around $80,000.
Some aldermen were concerned more local companies weren’t given a better chance and wanted step by step instructions on how the administration arrived at NAPA as the choice for the contract.
McCarty says procurement procedures were followed “to the letter,” and a national group with stricter standards conducted the process.
Should aldermen approve the at their full city council meeting next week, McCarty says the new consolidated garage could open by June.