February 29th, 2024
Liberal Local News

City discusses fleet management system

city carroll and pinkstonLiberal Police Chief Chet Pinkston talks to the Liberal City Commission Tuesday evening about how a new vehicle fleet management system would benefit the Liberal Police Department, particularly with recruiting. The commission ultimately voted to approve the program. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The Liberal City Commission had a variety of requests looking for approval during its most recent meeting Tuesday evening. 

Up first for the commission was discussion of an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management to begin replacing city vehicles. 

“City staff recently met with Ken Olsen, who is the Enterprise Fleet Management Senior Account Executive for Kansas and Missouri. Enterprise Fleet Management is a full-service vehicle management company,” Special Projects Manager Steve Carroll said. “We have a proposal to begin selling off our used vehicles and leasing new ones. The city will benefit in several ways, especially when it comes to safety, cost, and support. First, the new vehicles are equipped with up-to-date safety features such as electronic stability control, airbag standardization, and anti-lock brake systems. There will also be lower maintenance and fuel costs due to more efficient vehicles. Third, we will be assigned a fleet coordinator to assist with maintaining fleet oversight. Our current fleet consists of 97 vehicles ranging from 1995 to 2019. We would like consideration for replacing 56 vehicles in 2024. We will sell 56 vehicles at an estimated commercial market value of $262,000. The lease cost is $421,178.08 and the maintenance cost is $23,587.25, for a 2024 total cost of $444,765.33. We are recommending entering into a contract with Enterprise Fleet Management to sell and replenish those 56 vehicles with the amount not to exceed $450,000, which would be paid from the Equipment Reserve Fund, funds budgeted for vehicles in 2024, and equity obtained from the vehicle sales.”


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Turnaround time in the Senate

RYCKMAN RECAP, Ron Ryckman, 38th District Senator


Week 7 of the Legislature is a time of transition known as “Turnaround,” which loosely interpreted means that all House and Senate bills have to be voted out of their originating Chambers and sent across the Rotunda to the other side. Generally regarded as the “halfway point” in our Session, it also gives rise to such terms as “exempt” and “non-exempt” committees and bill “blessings.” The former classification applies to big-ticket panels like Tax, Ways and Means, and Federal and State Affairs, which can continue to consider measures within their jurisdiction even after the “deadline.” The Senate President can also do what is called “bless” a proposal to allow it to be heard and “worked,” notwithstanding its falling outside the scope of normal subject matter assignment. All that said, the net effect is a flurry of all-day (and usually late evening!) Floor activity in a race to “move” as many measures as possible before the “break.”

The bottom line in all this is we’ve been suddenly extremely busy, debating and voting on more than 50 bills, motions, amendments, resolutions, and appointments in a matter of three days. While the element of timing is typically used as a tactical advantage by bringing up tough issues when “the clock is ticking,” “patience is thinning,” and everyone is anxious to go home, that didn’t really happen this year. As a matter of fact, timing actually worked in reverse, as the near 30-day delay on the House attempt to override the Governor’s tax cut veto caused four previously “yes” Republicans to change their minds, thereby offsetting the four who had been absent the first time around but made it in Tuesday (one of them on crutches) to no avail. With the same resulting 81 votes 3 short of the necessary margin, HB 2284 is dead without the Senate even taking it up. The losers are Kansas taxpayers, who can take little solace in our $3.5 Billion surplus -- unlike your wallets -- being untouched!