Oneida County exploring leasing its vehicles

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Oneida County legislators are scheduled to consider on Wednesday an agreement with a fleet-management company to lease vehicles for county departments.

On lawmakers’ agenda for the Board of Legislators’ March meeting is authorization to enter an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management expected to cost $50,000 for a five-term term. Enterprise and Acme Auto Leasing responded to a request for proposals from the county Purchasing Department and county attorney’s office, which together chose Enterprise as best fitting county needs and most economical.

If approved, the Purchasing Department will work with department heads to chose vehicles, options and lease terms. Leasing will include routine maintenance, which is expected to reduce costs compared to purchasing vehicles, according to a memo from Purchasing Director Mello Testa to County Executive Anthony Picente.

Among other matters before county lawmakers:

• Authorization to refinance nearly $13 million worth of county bonds. The refinancing would result in a net cash savings of $673,000 over the term of the new bonds, which mature in 2027, according to county Comptroller Joseph Timpano.

• Acceptance of new or renewed grants for a study of rural transit services and needs, fighting gun violence, opioid addiction, computer equipment for investigations at the Child Advocacy Center and health improvement programs.

• Reimbursement request to the state of New York for Probation Department costs of pre-sentence reports on state prison inmates and for rabies control.

• Renewed contracts with service agencies for meals delivered to the elderly, respite-care services and adult day care, mental health for homeless people, preventing sex-offender recidivisim, services to people with disabilities and at-risk youth, outpatient sobriety services, pre-school audiology services, cancer prevention, youth detention, inspection of temporary shelter for homeless people.

• Funding for six more special patrol officers in public schools through the Sheriff’s Department.

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